Having a Tree Trimmed or Pruned
Guide to tree trimming and pruning along with typical costs
Average Tree Surgeon Costs for Trimming or Pruning-tom
Things to consider when trimming trees
For most mature trees it is normally best to prune them during its dormant season, you can technically prune some trees at any time, but it is better to do it when the tree is dormant. But obviously, if parts of a tree are becoming a safety hazard then they need to be trimmed immediately. If in doubt, you should always consult a professional as you can seriously damage or even kill a tree by over pruning. The thicker the tree branch, the more difficult it is for the tree to recover if trimmed, branches which are less than 1 cm can be trimmed without problems as long as you do not prune too many at one time. But once you start getting to branches of 5 cm or more, you should really try to avoid cutting if at all possible, but definitely hire an arborist if you have a good reason to remove larger branches. If you need to thin the crown of a tree, you should keep lateral branches evenly spaced and prune away branches that cross other branches, but not removing more than quarter of the crown at any one time. If more needs to be removed, you should do it in stages over 2-3 years to keep the tree healthy.
Deciduous trees are usually pruned in autumn and winter when less leaves are in the way and the arborist can more easily inspect them. But some trees are best pruned in summer to give them a better chance to heal, whereas trees that are prone to silver leaf disease are best pruned in spring or early summer when the disease spores are not on the wind. Some trees will bleed sap if pruned in the winter or early spring and this is unsightly and could seriously weaken the tree. That being said, most healthy trees will tolerate very minor pruning throughout the year, but it is recommended that you consult a professional for advice if you are planning on doing the pruning yourself. Evergreens seldom need any pruning with the exception of removing any dead and diseased branches, which is best done in late summer.
Doing it Yourself
If you intend to prune trees yourself, you must ensure that prior to beginning any work, you find out if a Tree Preservation Order is in place or if the tree is in a Conservation Area, as the penalties for breaching the TPO legislation can be severe. Once you have established there is no TPO, or you have gained permission, the next thing to consider is safety. Safety is of paramount importance when working on trees, so before you start make an honest appraisal of your capabilities in terms of skills and fitness, thoroughly assess the area in which you or any branches could fall, then if necessary erect warning signs or barricades. If this all seems like too much work or you are in any doubt about your capabilities, then you should hire a professionally qualified tree surgeon or arboriculturist.
If you ar determined to do the job yourself, then remember to work with the natural habit of the tree and start by removing damaged, dead or diseased shoots. If cleaning diseased branches, always clean your pruning tools with disinfectant between cuts to minimise the spread of the disease and safely bag up all trimmed material and dispose of it properly.
Tree trimming/Pruning Tips
- Taking care of your trees is a god investment, well cared for mature trees can add value to your property
- Different trees lend themselves to being cut at different times of the year
- Pruning trees when young can reduce the need for major pruning in later years for mature trees
- It might be worth considering the removal of trees that need frequent major pruning
- All trees will react to pruning and extreme cutting can cause it to die, so if in doubt, consult a tree surgeon!
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
What is a Tree Preservation Order (aka TPO)?
My neighbour's tree is overhanging my property and the tree is protected, can I trim it?
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We need a birch tree removed and the stump from our back garden. The tree is approximately 10 years old and it about 30 feet tall.
Submitted by Taylor
Very straight-forward job - Three tall trees (more than 8 meters) needs to be removed from my garden. There is easy access to the garden as it is an end of terrace house with access for the truck. Please do not contact if this job cannot be done under £400 (incl VAT).
Submitted by Raj
Have a pyracantha shrub that needs cutting away where it is falling on shed roof with the amount of rain on leaves.
Submitted by David
2 big trees in back garden to be cut down
Submitted by Benito
Have large shrub root to be removed