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Choosing A Tree Surgeon

Choosing A Tree Surgeon

Professional and Knowledgeable

Surprisingly, a lot of tree surgeons are not very knowledgeable about plant species and growing trees. To obtain chainsaw qualifications, it is only necessary to know the mechanical aspects of the work, and there are few people who combine knowledge with that of horticulture. Our team comprises of professional tree surgeons with experience in many different aspects of arboriculture, who also have engineering and plantsmanship qualifications. We are also skilled at working in built up areas, with care and attention to the built environment around the tree, and removal of waste in locations with difficult access. We work to the industry standard of BS-3998 (2010) in busy city centre and suburban locations, as well as semi-rural and rural areas in Midlothian and East Lothian.

Insured and No Nasty Suprises

Tree removal is high risk – with both staff, the public and property being in danger. We work at height, and with powerful moving machinery. It is important that you choose a professional tree surgeon, with experience and qualifications to tackle the work. This can also involve professional experience, as removing or pruning trees without permission can result in hefty fines.

We are careful and meticulous, your trees are in safe hands with our team. And in the highly unlikely event of an accident (we have never claimed in over 15 years in the business), we are fully insured.

Care of the Environment

Tree management would be our first choice, preserving the life of the tree and local ecology, but trees in urban areas can require felling if they are poorly place, diseased or damaged. We always recommend more appropriate planting after removal. Maintaining your trees is an important part of land ownership, and appropriate pruning and care can save money in the long run and provide you with a more healthy specimen that can be enjoyed, as well as bringing more light to your garden and property. Dead-wooding for example, reduces the risk of disease and reduces the chance of dead limbs or branches falling on people or property.

Qualified Horticulturalists

As qualified tree surgeons, we are also skilled in hedge care and shrub pruning. Some hedges can be permanently damaged by improper pruning techniques or unseasonal work. We are all skilled horticulturalists and have worked with all hedge types and species, we can advise you as to the best care plan.

Top Tips for Employing a Tree Surgeon in Edinburgh

So, in short, are you googling how to find the best tree surgeon near me? These are the criteria that we would look for professionally when looking for tree services in Edinburgh:

  1. Professional – following the industry standard of BS3998:2010 (Tree Work Recommendations). If the person you are thinking to hire doesn’t know what this is, they are not a professional.
  2. Insured – we are insured up to £10 million for any accidental damage.
  3. Qualified – look for certificates from NPTC and Lantra.
  4. Friendly and approachable – our team provide helpful advice and help you to make a decision, we will never push you to go ahead with a quotation, and are always happy to discuss quotes.
  5. Great reviews – we are registered Which Trusted Traders, Edinburgh Trusted Traders and of course on Google. Take a look to see what other customers say about our work.
  6. Clear and honest – we are transparent with our policies and procedures, any questions just ask. We also provide written quotations as a reference point. It is always good to ask questions before hiring a tradesman, if they are professional they will be happy to help.

The team were responsive, reliable and efficient. They pruned several trees and a large hedge. I would recommend them and use them again.

Trees in Conservation Areas and with Tree Preservation Orders

Trees in Conservation Areas and with Tree Preservation Orders

Lothian Tree Conservation

We are lucky to live in the Lothian area which has such abundant greenery and beautiful natural landscapes. Edinburgh is a particularly leafy city. It is important to preserve the heritage trees and growth to keep the look and for our natural conservation.

You can find out if you live in a conservation area from the Edinburgh Council planning map on their website. If you are outwith a conservation area you can carry out work on your trees and garden without the need to request permission.

Tree owners have an obligation to maintain their trees. This can include regular inspections by a trained and competent arborist to keep them in a safe and healthy condition.

Fantastic job of tidying up both our front and back gardens both of which had gone wildly out of control since we moved in.

Very professional and informative (leaving us a plant map of the garden!) and very personable.

Will definitely use again and would highly recommend.” 

 What is Required?

Permission is needed to carry out any work on trees which have a Tree Preservation Order, a TPO. Carrying out work on these trees without permission is an offence. If you live within a conservation area, six weeks written notice must be given to the council for their comment by a tree officer. The application must detail the nature and extent of the proposed work and clearly identify the trees.

Here To Help

We are happy to act on behalf of our clients if any applications are required. A small fee is charged as it involves some administration work, the collecting of evidence, and the purchase of an ordnance survey map of your area. Alternatively you may also make the application yourself, or as part of a group, and get in touch with us when permission has been granted.

If the tree is causing a danger to life or property and work is urgently needed to remove that risk it can be completed more quickly. Tree owners or their agents must give written notice to the local authority as soon as practicable after that work becomes necessary. Work should only be carried out to the extent that it is necessary to remove the risk.

Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding

We are often asked about stump grinding. When we remove a tree from your garden, we take away all the ‘brash’ (the leafy and twiggy parts of the branches that take up all the space, we can easily dispatch this with our woodchipper, and then take the chip to the controlled waste site to be made into compost), and we also remove the ‘trunk’ (the large woody stem, we can also cut the trunk and sizeable branches into logs for you if you require). In a typical tree removal, we leave a small portion of the trunk and the roots below it.

However, if you require landscaping, or would like to turf the area, or just don’t want to look at the stump, we can also remove this for you.

This process is called ‘stump grinding’, and we use a machine to pulverise the remaining stump and the roots around the surface – most tree roots are at the surface – into a sawdust mixed with the earth. From this, the ground can be levelled, and hard or soft landscaping can be laid on top – decking, paving, patio, turf, flower beds, building work etc.

We have a small stump grinder that can get through a doorway, so can access difficult spaces in back gardens. It is also portable enough that we can get it into hard to reach areas such as up steep slopes, or near to walls.

How Does It Work?

The stump grinder has tungsten carbide teeth, and extremely hard substance as necessary to go through rock and was developed with the same technology as that used in the mining industry. This machine needs quite a bit of upkeep, as its teeth need to be sharpened with a diamond grinder. Normal abrasive metal disks are used to remove the mild steel holder that the tungsten pad is welded onto, and then the diamond disk.

We can normally offer stump grinding with any tree removal unless there is a difficult element of the work, so do ask us if it hasn’t been discussed.

Really delighted with the work done today. The guys were so courteous and efficient… seemed the trees were felled in no time, stumps grounded and no mess left! Thank you. We would definitely recommend Edinburgh Gardeners to our friends and use again should we need more work done.

Management of Risk

Management of Risk

Management of Risk in Arboriculture

Work on trees involves risk, and it is vital for those who work in the area to understand all the regulations around working at height, with chainsaws and other large machinery, and to be compliant with all relevant legislation.

Risks include falling branches, falling trees, falls from a height, using dangerous equipment, inadequate PPE, failure of PPE, slips, trips, sawdust and eye injuries, burns from machinery or friction from ropes.

Arborists generally deal with the management of trees in urban or suburban settings, differing from ‘foresters’ or ‘loggers’ although there are some similarities. In these settings, it is often care management of trees, and maintaining their health and maintaining the surrounding environment, that is of importance rather than harvesting a crop from trees.

Much of the working day at Edinburgh Tree Surgeons involves the management of risk, from initial assessment to complex risk assessments and working as a team. All of our staff are working on the same page to keep ourselves, the public and the places we work as safe as we can.

Our Legal Obligations 

Employers have legal duties to ensure all staff are fully trained and that the working area is safe. Height work needs to be properly planned and risk assessed, undertaken by competent people with regular inspections of equipment. Before undertaking work at height or work by rope access hazards must be identified and risks evaluated and mitigated where possible. Chainsaws can cause fatal injuries and this risk needs to be mitigated by appropriate training and CPD and all necessary PPE available in good condition.

Groundworkers and bankspersons must be in place for aerial tree work to support the climber, to control ropes and prevent public access and restrict vehicle access into the drop zone. There also must be a competent person available to perform an aerial rescue operation if required. Groundworkers must be constantly vigilant, anticipate the needs of the climber and keep the ground clean and clear, with ropes in safe positions.

Risk of damage to property must also be assessed, as well as the location of any power lines. Damaging power lines can cause death and serious injury, so their location must be determined before work starts. These can be overhead or also buried underground when undertaking digging or stump grinding works.

We have two lovely large trees in our garden which were encroaching on the house and required pruning and reducing in size whilst at the same time retaining a natural shape.

At both the quotation and work stages, Alan and his team were extremely attentive to our requirements and gave very sound advice about the available options.

Whilst naturally apprehensive at first, we should not have worried as Edinburgh Tree Surgeons were extremely professional, worked together as a team during the significant pruning activity and delivered an outcome that far exceeded our expectations. We would not hesitate to recommend their services.