TreesnGardens offer a complete, professional, insured tree surgery service. We use the correct procedures in line with industry best-practice to ensure that your trees remain healthy, safe and look good too. Trees are often a focal point within your garden and we appreciate how important it is to be sympathetic to the needs of the tree, as well as the home-owner.
We provide a complete tree care service. Everything from pruning smaller trees and shrubs, shaping and reducing larger mature trees through to complete felling and removing where required. We are licensed to climb and perform aerial work in your trees. We will advise on the best times to work on your trees and shrubs and also source and plant new trees for you.
One we have completed the work for you we can either remove all unwanted green/tree waste and dispose of it in the correct manner off site; composting or mulching wherever possible or we can shred all green/tree waste on site putting this in to your borders and flower beds to enrich the soil. We can also cut up any useful size timber produced from the work and leave you with a pile of logs for your fire or wood burner or we can remove this from site if you prefer.
Customer’s often speak to us about “TPO’s” and whether they can have any work done to their trees because they live in a” Conservation Area’. We offer advice in these circumstances explaining that work can be possible with appropriate permissions from the local authorities. We often manage this process for our customers, liaising with the Planning Office and the Tree Officer to ascertain what work can be done, in line with the needs of the tree, the local residents and the home-owners wishes too.
Here are a few of the commonly used techniques and terms in tree surgery:
Reducing the height and width of the tree canopy whilst maintaining and, in some cases, improving the appearance of its natural shape. This is often referred to in terms of % – i.e. reduce by 15%.
A technique commonly used to allow more light into a garden or to show off shrubs and other trees that may be hidden. It involves removing lower branches from the tree to give more room and light to the area below and around the tree. Crown lifting also allows for path ways, driveways and lawns to become more accessible again.
Often the crown (top, leafy part) of the tree harbours dead or broken branches. Crown clearing is the removal of these – important for tree health, appearance and of course, safety of those passing beneath the tree
This is the process of reducing the density of the tree canopy or branch structure. We remove the secondary or smaller branches. This then lets more light through the canopy of the tree and can help reduce shady areas in your garden, encourage lawn growth and stimulate fresh growth of surrounding shrubs and plants.
This is a form of crown reduction that reduces the size of the tree canopy in size and weight. It is often used in residential areas to minimise leaf drop and to keep a tree to a certain size, often ideal for residential gardens. It involves the removal of the upper branches of a tree and promotes a dense head of foliage and branch structure It is only suitable for certain species of trees such as beech, oak, horse chestnut and mulberry.
This technique involves the removal of specific branches from the tree. It is often required to remove limbs that are dangerous, perhaps overhanging a conservatory, garage or pathway. The term target pruning actually relates to the final cuts that are made when completely removing a limb – close to the main stem of the tree but just outside of the branch collar. This ensures that the tree will “heal” properly and this cut does not leave unsightly tears in the bark or allow infection into the collar.
This is the complete removal of a tree. It is often necessary to remove the tree in sections, rather than simply felling it. This involves the arborist using rigging and lowering equipment to ensure no damage is caused to the surrounding conservatory, green house, garage etc. By rigging and lowering the damage to the lawn or other surface beneath the tree is limited, compared to simply dropping the limbs to the ground that may bounce and damage property or leave dents in the surface beneath the tree.
Once a tree has been felled this will leave a stump. Often this is left as it is, perhaps used to put a plant or ornament on. If you do need this removed to allow for a new shrub or tree to be planted, or wish to turf over where the tree stood, we offer a few solutions.
We can grind out the stump to a sufficient depth to allow for replanting or turfing.
We can, in some cases, remove the entire stump and the majority of the root network too to ensure no epicormic re-growth, or, to prevent damage to surrounding paths or lawns, we can chemically inject the tree with special pellets that will kill off all growth, including root systems, meaning that the stump will rot away over time.
A tree preservation order (TPO) is a part of town and country planning in the United Kingdom. A TPO is made by a local planning authority (usually a local council) to protect specific trees or a particular area, group or woodland from deliberate damage and destruction. TPOs can prevent the felling, lopping, topping, uprooting or otherwise willful damaging of trees without the permission of the local planning authority. Conservation Areas afford similar forms of protection as TPO’s but apply to entire geographic areas, rather than specific trees or woodlands.
We are experienced in working with local councils and other bodies with regard to TPO’s and working in Conservation Areas. We will ascertain whether your tree(s) have TPO’s, what you are able to do with them and manage the process with the planning officer for you should you wish to have any work done on these trees.
Please do get in touch to see how we can help with your trees and shrubs.
Michelle and Anton
Professional Hands, Green Fingers