I need a tree removed, do I need a tree surgeon or an arborist? What’s the difference? 

Tree surgeons and arborists both focus on ‘tree care’, yet their roles differ. 

In the realm of tree care, the terms ‘tree surgeon’ and ‘arborist’ are often used interchangeably, yet they denote distinct roles with specific expertise in the UK arboriculture industry. Understanding these differences can guide you in choosing the right professional for your tree care needs.

Tree Surgeons: The Hands-On Experts

Tree surgeons are the hands-on operatives in the tree care sector. Specialising in the physical tasks of managing and maintaining trees, they are akin to surgeons who perform intricate operations to remove diseased, dead, or dangerous branches, ensuring the safety of your property and the health of your trees. Tree surgery involves climbing trees, using chainsaws and focusing on the physical work required to keep trees in good shape.

Arborists: The Tree Care Scientists

Arborists, or ‘tree doctors,’ take a more holistic approach to tree care. They are the experts in tree health, diagnosis, and management, with a deep understanding of tree biology, diseases, and the overall ecosystem. Arborists conduct detailed assessments to provide recommendations for the care and long-term management of trees. They can also create reports for planning purposes, tree preservation orders (TPOs), and impact assessments, ensuring the health and longevity of your trees within their environment.

Whom Do You Need?

For Tree Health and Maintenance: An arborist is your go-to professional. If you’re concerned about the overall health of your trees, an arborist can assess their condition, recommend treatments, and provide advice on proper tree care and maintenance.

For Tree Removal and Pruning: A tree surgeon is ideally suited for this. When it comes to safely removing trees or parts of trees, particularly in difficult-to-reach areas, tree surgeons have the skills and equipment to perform the job safely and efficiently.

The choice between a tree surgeon and an arborist depends on your specific needs. If it’s about maintaining the health and longevity of your trees through scientific knowledge and expertise, an arborist is your best bet. For direct, hands-on tree care, including pruning, removal, or emergency tree work, a tree surgeon is whom you need.

Remember, healthy trees not only enhance the beauty of your property but also contribute to the overall wellbeing of the environment. At Evoke Tree Services we are able to offer both tree surgery and arborist services, taking all the worry away.

Looking for tree surgeons in Welwyn Garden City, St Albans, Harpenden, Hertford, Potters Bar? Contact us now.
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Laura Hanna
Laura Hanna
10/11/2023
Can't speak highly enough of this team. Professional, experienced, polite etc etc. 4th time they've been to me ( I don't live in a forest , just got lots of large unruly trees). Ryan and Calum did an amazing job on them. No complaints as they ploughed through all my requests in the pouring rain. Mustn't forget Kate in the office and Billy who leads the team. All of them are fantastic. If you need any tree work Evoke are the only ones to call. Thanks guys . Photo before and after on the front hedge
Sarah Ashton
Sarah Ashton
02/11/2023
Evoke are fantastic. From first enquiry to end of the job everything has been easy and professional. They’ve done a great job on our trees and left everything clean and tidy including at our neighbours. Highly recommend!
Simon Heath
Simon Heath
20/10/2023
I've used Evoke Tree Services for crown reduction to my large oak tree, hedge trimming, ivy removal and now log supplies. I will continue to use them as their customer service and attention to detail is second to none. Billy and the team are brilliant and I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking a service they provide. Thanks Evoke!
Jessica Belfield
Jessica Belfield
19/08/2023
Evoke Tree Services excels in communication. Their clear guidance through the process and requirements has been invaluable. The tree surgeons were punctual, highly professional, and transformed our garden, leaving it even cleaner than before.
Jo Harris
Jo Harris
21/07/2023
Second time using Yvoke and can't be more pleased. The business is knowledgeable and reputable. The last couple of days the guys have been hard at work, they are professional, polite and so hard-working and left my garden super clean. They worked so hard. Could not be more pleased - thanks all and see you next time.
Jim Cremin
Jim Cremin
19/07/2023
We were delighted by the work Evoke did on our hedge. This was a significant pruning but was done with care and commonsense. It resulted in a job that was superb - and looked better than anticipated. Their professionalism was appreciated; we can highly recommend the company. Jim
colin barrett
colin barrett
26/06/2023
Awesome service. Awesome workmanship. Will definitely use them again.
Jill Knight
Jill Knight
17/05/2023
We have used Evoke for our tree work for several years. As always, a very well-done job from start to finish, including the initial visit and obtaining the appropriate permissions from the WHC. All the trees were pruned as requested to a very good shape and the site was cleared of all rubbish.
Anthony Earnshaw
Anthony Earnshaw
16/05/2023
Great service.. quick and v polite and friendly
Daniel H
Daniel H
28/04/2023
Good service, provided by nice staff. The team handled the application process required for the removal of a number of very large lleyandii, plus the removal and stump grinding. Even dealing with having to work around a large amount of waste material and old fencing from previous owners.