In last week’s Kingston Tree Surgeon blog, we discussed how to plant your young tree, this week we will explain the pros of hiring one of our team of Kingston Tree Surgeon experts to take care and maintain your trees for you, ensuring they are kept in a happy, healthy disease free state.
If you choose to DIY you need to be aware that Tree Surgeons have spent several years studying and working towards becoming an experienced professional. They have to be willing to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions such the freezing cold, heavy downpours, heat and wind. Be physically fit with strong upper body strength, able to climb while lifting heavy equipment, without having a fear of heights. For obvious reasons they have an absolute commitment to comply with a high level of health and safety awareness, particularly when handling dangerous equipment. They should also maintain all recommended British standards.
What do Tree Surgeon’s do?
Tree surgeons’ responsibilities include tree felling, pruning trees, hedges and shrubs, planting and replanting. As a doctor would treat a patient, they diagnose and treat diseases and pests that prey on trees. They also provide emergency care, for example, after a storm. Additionally, they undertake the planting of shrubs, trees and hedges.
Since working at height is dangerous, after a number of serious injuries and deaths were reported, Parliament decided to set out regulation requirements for employers and contractors to follow. In addition, Tree Surgeons must comply with the statutory legislative laws for trees and are recommended to be Accredited to meet professional standards.
In a lot of cases, you must obtain written permission from the local planning authority before hiring a tree surgeon to operate on trees. A word of warning, Trees are legally protected and you could be prosecuted if you fail to get permission for felling, or pruning a tree before informing your Local Planning Authority.
If you believe that a neighbour’s tree is causing cracks to your house, you are required in the first instance, to hire an independent qualified structural surveyor. They will carry out a comprehensive survey with clear evidence and proposals for remediation, you will need to produce this particularly if you want to make an insurance claim and/or to file for litigation.
The equipment used by Tree surgeons as you would expect, are extremely dangerous and could result in serious injury or death. Specialist training is a must to protect both the surgeon and tree, as well as hazardous to others within range of equipment falling.
Completed training will include the ability to use specialised equipment for tasks such as climbing and pruning while handling heavy equipment and tools, for example, chainsaws, wood chippers, shredders, strimmer’s, pruning shears, hedge cutters, ropes, harnesses, lowering devices.
Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) are frequently used to create a secure working platform, however, if overloaded or improperly cared for they can topple and runs the risk of injury or death for passers-by.
For further protection, they need to wear appropriate protective clothing, for example, Safety helmet, ear and eye protection, gloves, high visible clothing, leg and groin protection.
Another important piece of safety equipment is the harness, which tree surgeons use to secure themselves by using an anchored rope. Tree surgeons can use a variety of harnesses, including full-body and work positioning harnesses (a belt with two loops attached to it). These should all be kept in good condition and inspected regularly.
Now you have an understanding of the professionalism, experience and knowledge that a Tree Surgeon has accumulated, it makes sense to hire one of our team to take care of your trees for you. If you are still unsure remember that we will.
• Ensure you are meeting all the health and safety requirements.
• Make proper use and availability of specialised equipment.
• Your Trees are protected and free from disease and pests.
• Professional standards are delivered.
For further advice, please call Kingston Tree Surgeons on 0208 050 1398 for a free quotation.