There are so many reasons for tree work being needed. Be it regular pruning / maintenance or safety works such as removing dangerous branches to felling a complete tree, along with anything in between, we have the skills and experience to carry out these works.
Hedge Trimming & Reductions
We can maintain existing hedges or if your hedge has become a little unruly we can carry out a more suitable solution by reducing it to create a starting point for future training and maintenance.
Crown reductions used to be a much larger part of our resume. This is when everything on the periphery of the crown is reduced back by a predetermined amount, for example 30% or 3 metres. People would want the entire tree reduced hoping that would cure all ills. Whilst it can work in some instances, more often than not it would cause problems in the future.
I always try to look for better solutions, little and often, rather than the big hit if possible - the trees can respond to this better. Although we do carry out crown reductions, we always try to explore effective alternatives first.
Crown Thins / Cleans / Crown Lifts
Sometimes thinning the crown by a pre-determined amount sensitively and raising the canopy can offer major improvements without the need to perform a full reduction. This can help the tree keep it’s natural habit and reduce the stress on the tree's system.
Reshaping & Selective Pruning
There can be all manner of reasons why a tree doesn’t seem to grow according to it’s natural habit. Competition or the removal of neighbouring trees, previous poor pruning techniques, large buildings and structures affecting growth to name a few.
By selectively identifying the problem areas and concentrating our efforts there we can reshape the tree, again without the need to disrupt any of the remaining crown.
Pollarding is usually the removal of a large portion of the crown back to identified points with a longer term plan in mind. Sometimes it can be used to get a crown back to a base point for future training/pruning or continue with how the tree has been managed previously.
The double edged sword! Whilst it’s always a sad point to loose a tree, the art of dismantling it safely and efficiently is an area of my work I take great pride in.
There can be many reasons for the removal of a tree from the plain and simple aesthetics to a structural or safety aspect. It may be part of a wider management plan.
There are several ways we can remove a tree, felling from the ground, using ropes and harness or utilising a mobile work platform. As part of the risk assessments we carry out we will decide with method is the safest and best suited for the situation.
Once the tree has been removed, if required the stump can be ground out. We can shallow grind the stump, for example to allow for mowing if the tree was in the lawn or we can completely remove the stump if a building project requires it.
If the site is suitable to get large pieces of timber on to the ground safely, once the initial work is finished, we can convert it into either useful timber or lovely characterful boards.
These can then be used for all sorts of projects and is the sort of thing we love to get involved with.
More and more people are using wood burners now. We can turn any timber from a large job into firewood with our log splitter and this can drastically cut down on the number of vehicles coming & going from a site.
It's also a much better way of making your money work more effectively as we produce useful firewood for you to use rather than us spending time removing it.
If, after the necessary planning procedures, we have removed a tree that was in a Conservation Area or was the subject of a Tree Preservation Order, the Local Authority will insist that a similar or suitable replacement tree is planted.
We can help with deciding what type may be suitable for the location and happily advise on and carry the out the planting and after care of your investment.