If you have a garden with trees, it could easily be that you need the services of an arborist or tree surgeon who will be able to advise you about any diseases that your tree may have and the care the tree needs or if your trees need trimming or cutting down completely. Here are some tips on how to choose a tree surgeon.

Selecting a local tree surgeon

A local tree surgeon is definitely the way to go. He will not only know the area well but will be an expert on the types of trees grown and the diseases that may plague them.

It is wise to get quotes from at least three local arborists and make sure the quotes are in writing. You can learn a lot from talking to the tree surgeon after he has looked at the tree in question and has given you his advice. These quotes and the first visit are usually free but make sure they are before you get the tree surgeons to come over.

The arboricultural Association has a list of approved contractors so make sure you get at least one of the quotes from someone who is an approved contractor with the Association. Not only do these people have to go through a very rigorous assessment each five year period but they also have to have adequate insurance and use equipment that is correct for the job.

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Prepare for the visit

Before any arborist comes, write down a list of questions you want answered. If you don’t do this, you will probably forget some when you start talking to the arborist. The more questions you ask, the more you will learn.

If a tree needs to be cut down, it could be necessary to get permission from your local council. A local arborist should know that and can probably do it for you.