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Tree Care Services in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Lancashire

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Welcome to CJM Tree Care’s FAQs page, where we provide detailed answers to common questions about tree care and tree surgeon services in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Lancashire. We are committed to offering you a comprehensive understanding of our services and the tree care industry as a whole.

Below, you will find answers to several questions:

What is a Tree Surgeon?

A tree surgeon, often referred to as an arborist, is a trained and certified professional who specialises in the care, maintenance, and management of trees. These experts have in-depth knowledge of tree biology, diseases, and maintenance techniques.

Here are some key roles and responsibilities of a tree surgeon:

Tree Pruning and Maintenance

Tree surgeons are skilled in pruning trees to promote healthy growth, improve aesthetics, and enhance safety. They remove dead or diseased branches, shape trees, and perform crown reductions when necessary.

Tree Removal

When a tree becomes hazardous, diseased beyond recovery, or is obstructing construction or other activities, a tree surgeon can safely and expertly remove it. This involves careful planning and the use of specialised equipment.

Tree Health Assessment

Tree surgeons can assess the health of your trees, identifying any diseases, pests, or structural issues. They recommend appropriate treatments to maintain the tree's well-being.

Emergency Tree Care

In stormy weather or other emergencies, tree surgeons provide rapid response services to deal with fallen or damaged trees. Their expertise ensures safe removal and minimises further damage.

Tree Planting

They can advise on the selection and proper planting of new trees, considering factors like soil quality, location, and species suitability.

How Much Does a Tree Surgeon Cost?

The cost of tree surgeon services can vary widely based on several factors. It’s important to note that tree surgery works is an investment in the health and safety of your property, and prices should reflect the expertise and equipment required for the job.

Here are some of the key factors that influence the cost of tree surgeon services:

Tree Size

Larger trees often require more time and equipment for pruning, maintenance, or removal. As a result, the size of the tree plays a significant role in determining the cost.

Tree Type and Condition

Different tree species have unique characteristics, and their maintenance or removal may vary in complexity. Additionally, the condition of the tree, whether it's healthy, diseased, or dead, affects the cost.


The location of the tree on your property and accessibility for equipment can impact the cost. Trees near buildings, power lines, or other obstacles may require more time and care.

Services Required

The specific services you need, such as pruning, removal, or emergency care, will influence the cost. Complex tasks like stump removal or crane-assisted tree removal may incur additional charges.

Season and Timing

Prices may fluctuate depending on the time of year. Some tree care tasks are best performed during certain seasons, and this can affect pricing.

Permits and Regulations

If your local authority requires permits for tree work or if the tree is protected, there may be additional costs associated with obtaining necessary approvals.

Additional Services

Some tree surgeons offer additional services like mulching, wood chipping, or firewood production, which can add to the overall cost.

How Do I Know If My Tree Needs Pruning or Removal?

Identifying when a tree requires pruning or removal can be challenging for homeowners. Look for these signs that may indicate the need for professional tree care:

Dead or Dying Branches

Dead or dying branches can pose safety hazards as they are more likely to fall.

Overgrown Canopy

An overgrown canopy may block sunlight and air circulation, leading to reduced tree health


Trees leaning towards structures or showing signs of instability may need attention to prevent accidents.

Disease or Pest Infestation

If you notice signs of disease or infestation, such as discoloured leaves or unusual insect activity, it's essential to address the issue promptly.

Cracks or Cavities

Visible cracks or cavities in the tree trunk can indicate structural problems.

Is Tree Work Covered by Insurance?

In some cases

Insurance coverage for tree work can vary, so it's essential to check your homeowner's insurance policy. In some cases, insurance may cover the cost of tree removal or damage caused by falling trees, especially if it poses a threat to your property or a neighbour's property. However, routine tree maintenance like pruning may not be covered. It's advisable to consult with your insurance provider for specific details.

How Can I Maintain Tree Health in My Garden?

Maintaining tree health in your garden is crucial for their longevity and aesthetics. Here are some tips to help you care for your trees:

Regular Pruning

Schedule regular pruning to remove dead or diseased branches and promote healthy growth.

Proper Watering

Ensure your trees receive adequate water, especially during dry spells. Deep watering is usually more effective than frequent shallow watering.


Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree to conserve moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds.


Consider fertilising your trees to provide essential nutrients for growth. Consult with a tree care expert for guidance.

Pest and Disease Management

Monitor your trees for signs of pests or diseases and take action promptly if you notice any issues.

Consulting a Tree Surgeon

Regularly consult with a certified tree surgeon to assess your trees' health and address any concerns or issues.

When is the Best Time for Tree Pruning and Maintenance?

The timing of tree pruning and maintenance depends on the specific needs of the tree species and the objectives of the pruning. However, in general:


This is an ideal time for many tree species as they are dormant, and pruning during this season can minimise stress on the tree. It's also a good time for structural pruning and removing dead or diseased branches.


Pruning in late winter to early spring is suitable for most deciduous trees before new growth begins. It allows for shaping and size control.


Some trees are best pruned during the summer when they are in full leaf, as it's easier to see the shape and size you want to achieve.

Consulting a Tree Surgeon

Pruning in autumn is generally avoided, especially for trees prone to diseases, as fresh pruning wounds can be susceptible to pathogens.

Consult with a professional tree surgeon to determine the best timing for your specific tree care needs.

Do I Need Permission to Prune or Remove a Tree?

In some cases

In some cases, you may need permission to prune or remove a tree, especially if the tree is protected by local regulations or is located in a conservation area. Local authorities often have guidelines regarding tree work permits. It's essential to check with your local council or authority before proceeding with any tree work. A certified tree surgeon can also assist you in navigating the permit process, if necessary.

What Safety Measures Should I Take During Tree Maintenance?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Ensure that anyone involved in tree work, including tree surgeons, wears appropriate safety gear, such as helmets, eye protection, gloves, and safety boots.

Equipment Inspection

Regularly inspect all equipment, including ropes, harnesses, and cutting tools, for signs of wear and damage.

Keep a Safe Distance

Stay clear of the work area and maintain a safe distance from falling branches or equipment.

Professional Arborists

Hire certified and experienced tree surgeons who adhere to safety standards and regulations.


Maintain clear communication with the tree surgeon and follow their instructions.

Stay Informed

If you have tree work happening on your property, be informed about the work plan and any potential risks involved.

Can Trees Be Transplanted to a Different Location?


Yes, trees can be transplanted, but it's a complex process that requires expertise. Transplanting is often done to save a tree from construction or development, or to relocate a tree for landscape design purposes. The success of transplantation depends on factors like the tree's size, age, health, and the conditions at the new location. Consulting with a tree surgeon is crucial to assess whether transplantation is a viable option for your tree.

What Should I Do in Case of a Tree Emergency, Such as a Fallen Tree?

In the event of a tree emergency, such as a fallen tree blocking a road, damaging property, or posing an immediate danger, follow these steps:

  • Ensure everyone’s safety and keep a safe distance from the fallen tree.
  • Contact a professional tree surgeon or emergency tree service immediately.
  • Report the incident to local authorities if necessary.
  • If it’s safe to do so, document the damage with photographs for insurance purposes.
  • Do not attempt to remove the tree on your own, as it can be hazardous.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us bring our expertise to your doorstep.

At CJM Tree Care, we are unwavering in our commitment to your trees and the environment in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, and the wider North West region. For professional tree care services, consultations, and more, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.



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