Frequently Asked Questions about Tree Surgery

by fse-admin - / 25.07.2023


As professional tree surgeons, we often encounter a multitude of questions from homeowners, property managers, and tree enthusiasts seeking guidance on tree care and maintenance. In this blog, we aim to address some of the most frequently asked questions about tree surgery. From pruning and tree health to safety concerns and tree removal, we will provide expert insights to help you make informed decisions regarding your trees.

What is tree surgery, and what does a tree surgeon do?

Tree surgery is a specialised field of arboriculture that involves the professional management and care of trees. Tree surgeons, also known as arborists, are highly trained individuals who are proficient in tree maintenance, pruning, and removal. They also diagnose and treat tree diseases, conduct risk assessments, and offer expert advice on tree-related matters.

When is the best time to prune my trees?

The ideal time to prune trees depends on the species and the specific pruning objectives. Generally, late winter or early spring, when trees are dormant, is an excellent time for major pruning. However, light pruning and deadwood removal can be done throughout the year. It’s essential to consult a professional tree surgeon to determine the best pruning schedule for your specific trees.

How can I tell if my tree is diseased or infested with pests?

Common signs of tree diseases include discoloured leaves, wilting, cankers, and visible fungal growth. Pests may leave behind chewed leaves, holes in the bark, or webs. If you notice any unusual changes in your tree’s appearance or health, it’s best to call a tree surgeon for an inspection and diagnosis.

Can I undertake tree pruning and maintenance myself?

While light pruning of small branches may be possible for homeowners, major pruning and tree maintenance should be left to the professionals. Tree surgery involves working at heights and using specialised equipment, which can be dangerous for inexperienced individuals. Improper pruning techniques can harm the tree and compromise its health.

Are all dead trees hazardous and need removal?

Not all dead trees pose an immediate hazard. Some dead trees can provide valuable habitat for wildlife and add character to the landscape. However, dead trees located near structures, high-traffic areas, or power lines may become hazardous and require removal. It’s best to have a tree surgeon assess the situation and recommend appropriate action.

How much does tree removal cost?

The cost of tree removal varies based on several factors, including the tree’s size, location, condition, and accessibility. Additionally, local regulations and environmental considerations may influence the cost.

Will tree removal damage my property?

Experienced tree surgeons take great care to ensure that tree removal is conducted safely and without causing unnecessary damage to the surrounding property. They use specialised rigging techniques and equipment to lower branches and sections of the tree systematically, minimising the risk of property damage.

Can a diseased tree be saved?

In many cases, a tree with a disease or pest infestation can be treated and saved. Early detection and appropriate treatment are critical for successful tree recovery. Consulting a tree surgeon is essential to accurately diagnose the problem and implement the most effective treatment plan.


As tree surgeons, we understand the importance of addressing common questions and concerns related to tree care and maintenance. By providing expert insights and advice, we hope to empower homeowners and property managers to make informed decisions about their trees’ health and safety. Remember, when in doubt, it’s always best to consult a professional tree surgeon to ensure the well-being and longevity of your trees.

We can take care of all your tree needs. We will also provide you with a FREE, complimentary garden tree survey while we are there. Call us now to book