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What is a Tree Surgeon?

A tree surgeon is responsible for the safe trimming, removal, and chopping down of trees. Here we’ll examine more specific aspects of the job and roles within.

tree surgeon cutting a tree
Tree surgeon up a tree cutting the top off.

What is a Tree Surgeon?

A tree surgeon is responsible for the safe trimming, removal, and chopping down of trees. We’ve touched on what a tree surgeon is in our how to become a tree surgeon blog post . Here we’ll examine more specific aspects of the job and roles within.

What do tree surgeons do?

Tree surgeons have many responsibilities within the ‘tree surgery’ job role. Some elements of the job include, but are not limited to;

  • Tree surveys,
  • Crown work,
  • Branch removal,
  • Pollarding,
  • Felling trees,
  • Treating tree diseases and fungi,
  • Clearing fallen trees
tree surgeon
tree survey

Tree Surveys:

A tree survey is performed by trained arborist/s with the intention of examining trees within a specific area. Tree surveys can be mandatory in specific areas of woodland and public places. They can also be privately requested; usually when a person or business wants to develop land.

Information included in a tree survey can include;

  • Tree height,
  • Tree diameter,
  • Species of the tree,
  • The tree’s age,
  • The tree’s health,
  • Life expectancy of the tree

As well as, including a management plan of suggested actions for each tree. These trees are then tagged and coded. So, if

you’ve ever wondered what a tree surgeon is doing when they mark trees, it’s for data purposes.

Crown Work:

Much like the crown of your head, the crown of the tree is the foliage on top. Working on these branches and leaves specifically is important as they can limit light received by the rest of the tree.

What is a tree surgeon if not good at understanding the needs of a tree? If a tree can’t get enough sunlight it can’t photosynthesize as well and excess rainwater may struggle to evaporate. Fungus thrives in dark damp places too, so crown work can be essential to a tree’s overall health.

Tree surgeon hanging from ropes in a tree,
Tree surgeon pruning a tree.

Branch removal:

If a branch is diseased, damaged or otherwise beyond saving then a tree surgeon can remove the branch. This is generally better for the overall health of the tree and the safety of the general public.

Pollarding:

Pollarding is the process of removing all foliage and cutting the branches to encourage new growth in a specific way. This is what a tree surgeon is doing when they strip the foliage of a tree until it resembles a naked trunk.

There are many complexities to pollarding; it can’t be performed on all trees or at all times of year. For example: trees that ‘bleed’ a lot of sap may be hindered by pollarding. Trees that are pollarded in autumn may also fall victim to fungal growth.

It’s not just aesthetics either! Pollarding offers a way to keep trees from power lines and other hazards without felling the tree altogether.

Tree pollarding
tree surgeon cutting branches on the ground

Felling trees:

If the whole tree is dead or dying then tree surgeons are able to fell the tree in a safe manner. This is essential as it prevents accidents should the tree fall of its own volition; which most dead trees do at some point.

Removing and disposing of a diseased tree can also prevent nearby trees from contracting the disease. If you’ve ever wondered what a tree surgeon is doing when they fell a tree then there’s generally ample reason for it.

Clearing fallen trees:

If a tree falls and nobody’s around to hear it… then what is a tree surgeon’s responsibility? Tree surgeons can be hired to remove fallen trees from your property. Some tree surgery companies will clear trees that they fell free of charge, whilst others may incur an additional cost.

If you hire Man Coed you don’t need to worry about the mess caused by any felled trees. We will remove any tree waste caused by our work, as it’s then recycled into useful products.

As such, if you need a fallen tree clearing – or any of the additional aspects listed above – then don’t hesitate to get in contact! If not then we hope we’ve at least answered the question of “what is a tree surgeon?”

A tree surgeon with chainsaw cutting a tree,

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