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What Qualities to Look For When Choosing a Tree Surgeon

Picking the right tree surgeon is important when it comes to looking after the health and well-being of your trees. Whether you need stump removal, emergency tree surgery or just general maintenance, finding an expert who knows what they’re doing and is reliable can make a big difference. With their expertise and professionalism, you can ensure that your trees receive the care they need, promoting their longevity and vitality for years to come. In this blog, we take a look at the qualities you should look for when choosing a tree surgeon for your property. 

Professional Qualifications and Certifications

The most obvious quality to consider is qualifications. When hiring any professional, making sure they are fully qualified is essential. Although unqualified people may have the skills to carry out basic tree surgeon responsibilities, a fully qualified tree surgeon will have the certificates and training to carry out tree care safely and effectively. 

Have a look for qualifications, this will prove the tree surgeon is not only competent but has an educational foundation in tree biology and health care techniques. Proper certification is a sign you are hiring someone with the correct knowledge to care for your trees and hedges too. Looking out for accredited certifications such as those provided by NPTC City and Guilds ensures you are choosing a tree surgeon you can trust.

Experience and Specialisation

It’s true that practice makes perfect. A tree surgeon with years of experience is more likely to have encountered and overcome a range of situations and tree health issues. Asking a tree surgeon about their experience is useful and looking through their website's gallery or services can give you an idea of work they have done in the past. The more services offered the more it reflects their expertise. Offering specialised services like stump removal or emergency tree surgery will mean they typically have a stronger skill set too.

Safety Standards and Insurance

Tree surgery can be dangerous work, both for workers and anyone else on your property. A professional tree surgeon will adhere to strict safety standards and use proper PPE (Personal protective equipment). Check if the tree surgeon follows the guidelines set by health and safety bodies such as The British standards for tree surgery operations. Ensuring they also carry adequate insurance, including public liability insurance, will protect you and your property in case accidents or damage arise during the tree surgery process.

Tools and Equipment

The right tools and equipment are essential for tree care. A skilled tree surgeon will use industry-standard tools and look after them properly. For things like stump removal, specialised equipment, like stump grinders, is necessary to ensure the job is done thoroughly and effectively. For emergency tree surgery, having access to the right tools can make the difference between having quick resolution and creating prolonged damage.

Reputation and Reviews

Reputation can tell you a lot about a tree surgeon's reliability and the quality of their work. Looking at reviews from previous clients can give you a trustworthy insight into the work they can provide. Positive feedback that highlights a tree surgeon's professionalism, punctuality and high-quality work will guarantee you are selecting the right person for the job. Additionally, reputable tree surgeons often take pride in their reputation and actively seek feedback from satisfied clients, further emphasising their commitment to customer satisfaction.

Communication and Professionalism

Working with a tree surgeon who can explain the processes involved in tree care, including the techniques they use and the reasons behind their recommendations, is key to hiring a professional service. This will not only help you understand the work being carried out but will also give you confidence that you are choosing a tree surgeon who is knowledgeable and cares about what they do. Tree surgeon companies with strong relationships with local authority tree officers will usually speak with them on your behalf too, meaning you won't have to discuss planning application and tree works authorisation yourself, reducing the hassle of tree care. 

Finding a Tree Surgeon With These Qualities

As you can see, choosing a trusted tree surgeon is important, not only for the well-being of your trees but also for ensuring the required work is completed to the highest standard. Ultimately, selecting a company with all of the above qualities will give you peace of mind. Here at Bennett's Tree Care, we are known for providing an exemplary service and our website speaks for itself, with the perfect combination of expertise and experience. 

We offer an impressive range of tree care services in the Wokingham, Reading and Bracknell areas, from emergency tree removal to tree stump removal. To ensure your trees and hedges are in trained and caring hands give us a call on 07826 422 707 or drop us an email at We look forward to working with you. 

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