Tree Services We Offer

We offer the following common tree services, but if you have something not listed that's related to vegetation management then we'd be happy to discuss your requirements and look at solutions for you!

 

Pruning, Shaping and Thinning

There is a variety of work that can be carried out to a tree to alter the appearance of it. All of these involve the removal of living wood from the tree and will therefore have an impact on the growth of the tree. In many cases this is a detrimental - but usually recoverable - effect. When planning any work it is essential to consider the long-term aims for the tree and how any work will affect it.

One of the main considerations is to avoid removing excessive leaf-bearing growth at any one time. We advise never to remove more than 30% of the leaf-bearing growth in any one year. If reduction work needs to be carried out that exceeds this amount, we advise that this is done over a number of years to minimise stress to the tree through loss of food production capabilities stemming from leaf loss.

 

Canopy or Crown Lifting

This work involves raising the height of the lower branches of the crown by removing wood from the dashed areas of the picture (right).

Reasons for doing this are:

- Providing clearance under the tree for pedestrians or vehicles

- Providing light under the tree

- Improving the view past the bottom of the tree

 

 

Considerations in doing this are:

- Lower branches are often larger, meaning that the pruning wounds are larger

- The centre of gravity is moved upwards, increasing the tree's susceptibility to storm damage

- Avoiding having an excessively long truck without branches on it: no more than 1/3 the height of the tree

 

Canopy or Crown Reduction

This work involves reducing the overall size of the crown by removing wood in some or all of the dashed areas of the picture (right).

Reasons for doing this are:

- Controlling the size of the tree to keep it clear of buildings and other structures

- Providing light in the areas around the tree

- If the tree is dominating other trees around it and restricting their growth

- Improving the view past the tree

- Improving the shape and balance of the tree

- Reducing size to protect the tree against storm damage

 

Considerations in doing this are:

- Excess reduction can stress the tree

- Excess reduction can spoil the appearance of the tree

- Excessive reduction may spoil the general landscaping and the    view of others

 

Canopy or Crown Thinning

This work involves thinning out excess branches by removing wood in some or all of the dashed areas of the picture (right).

Reasons for doing this are:

- Provide light in the areas around the tree

- Improve the shape and balance of the tree

- Reduce the windage to protect the tree from storm damage

 

Considerations in doing this are:

- Excess reduction can stress the tree

- Excess reduction can spoil the appearance of the tree

 

 

Tree Removal - Felling and Dismantling

It is sometimes necessary to remove a tree in its entirety for a variety of reasons. When this is required there are two ways of achieving this. The tree can be removed by felling in one go as a whole tree, or it can be dismantled piece by piece.

Felling a tree requires space for the tree to safely fall into without causing unacceptable damage. Felling is a science and to do it safely and efficiently is more complicated than commonly believed - it's not just a case of cutting through the trunk with a saw!

When you consider that even a small tree weighing just a few hundred kilograms can bring down overhead cables, write off a car or put a hole through the roof of a building, correct felling techniques are essential. Using the correct techniques it's possible to reliably fell a tree within a foot or so of where it's needed so felling through a set of gates of between other obstacles is quite feasible!

Where there is insufficient space to fell a tree then it can still be removed by dismantling it piece-by-piece. This entails accessing the tree either by climbing or via a mobile platform and cutting off pieces that are then brought to ground level. Getting the pieces to the ground can be by simply dropping them from the tree to the ground, or lowering them with ropes and pulleys fastened to the tree, or by using a crane. The size of pieces cut from the tree and the method of lowering used will be determined by the space and hazards in the area beneath and around the tree.

 

 

Damaged, Rotten and Deadwood Removal

Trees die naturally after time and it is common for individual branches to die from damage and subsequent rot and/or infection. Clearly a large dead branch in a tree deep in the middle of a remote wood poses very little hazard, but the same branch in a tree over a busy road or pavement presents a very high risk of injury or damage.

Deadwood in a tree, or on the ground, provides a good habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and can be left in place where it presents a low risk if it fell, or is not contributing to infection spread into the living parts of the tree.

Where dead or damaged wood presents a potential hazard it should be removed without delay before it falls and caused injury or damage on the ground, or causes further damage to the remainder of the tree.

 

 

Ivy Reduction or Removal

Contrary to popular belief, Ivy does very little direct damage to a tree, and provides a great habitat for insects and a nesting place for birds. However, an excess of ivy - particularly high up in the tree - increases the windage of the tree significantly. This is particularly the case in winter, when the evergree Ivy's leaves remain in place and the wind is often at its strongest.

When looking at Ivy reduction, the general health of the tree, its exposure to strong winds and subsequent risk of being blown over need to be considered before removing a valuable habitat.

 

 

Site Clearance

Where trees and vegetation need to be removed prior to development work, we can provide a range of site clearance services, ranging from us just carrying out tree felling or dismantling for you to clear with your own site machinery, right up to full clearance with all vegetation removed from site.

We can provide CSCS-accredited operators where this is a prerequisite for site work.

 

 

Stump Removal

Where trees have been removed, leaving a stump in the ground can be an eyesore or present a trip hazard or vehicle obstruction. We can remove stumps by digging out, or using a grinder for larger stumps.

 

 

Emergency Tree Clearance

In the event of damage to a tree or a completely fallen tree, we can attend at short notice to clear the tree and make it safe. Please use the mobile numbers on the Contact Us page. If there is no answer, please leave a message stating you have an emergency and we'll call you back as soon as possible.