Felling is the process of cutting down individual trees if there is space for them to land safely
Pollarding is a method of pruning that keeps trees and shrubs smaller than they would naturally grow. It is normally started once a tree or shrub reaches a certain height, and annual pollarding will restrict the plant to that height.
Non-living branches or stems due to natural ageing or external influences. Deadwood provides essential habitats and its management should aim to leave as much as possible, shortening or removing only those that pose a risk. Durability and retention of deadwood will vary by tree species.
Crown thinning is the removal of a portion of smaller/tertiary branches, usually at the outer crown, to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure. It is usually confined to broad-leaved species. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree. Material should be removed systematically throughout the tree, should not exceed the stated percentage and not more than 30% overall. Common reasons for crown thinning are to allow more light to pass through the tree, reduce wind resistance, reduce weight (but this does not necessarily reduce leverage on the structure) and is rarely a once-only operation particularly on species that are known to produce large amounts of epicormic growth.
Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and/or preparing lower branches for future removal. Good practice dictates crown lifting should not normally include the removal of large branches growing directly from the trunk as this can cause large wounds which can become extensively decayed leading to further long term problems or more short term biomechanical instability. Crown lifting on older, mature trees should be avoided or restricted to secondary branches or shortening of primary branches rather than the whole removal wherever possible. Crown lifting is an effective method of increasing light transmission to areas closer to the tree or to enable access under the crown but should be restricted to less than 15% of the live crown height and leave the crown at least two thirds of the total height of the tree. Crown lifting should be specified with reference to a fixed point, e.g. ‘crown lift to give 5.5m clearance above ground level’.
The reduction in height and/or spread of the crown (the foliage bearing portions) of a tree. Crown reduction may be used to reduce mechanical stress on individual branches or the whole tree, make the tree more suited to its immediate environment or to reduce the effects of shading and light loss, etc. The final result should retain the main framework of the crown, and so a significant proportion of the leaf bearing structure, and leave a similar, although smaller outline, and not necessarily achieve symmetry for its own sake. Crown reduction cuts should be as small as possible and in general not exceed 100mm diameter unless there is an overriding need to do so. Reductions should be specified by actual measurements, where possible, and reflect the finished result, but may also refer to lengths of parts to be removed to aid clarity, e.g. ‘crown reduce in height by 2.0m and lateral spread by 1.0m, all round, to finished crown dimensions of 18m in height by 11m in spread (all measurements approximate.)’. Not all species are suitable for this treatment and crown reduction should not be confused with ‘topping’, an indiscriminate and harmful treatment.
We provide a 24/7 Emergency Call Out Tree Service, if you are unfortunate to find yourself in this position do not hesitate to call us, as you can see from our Insurance & Qualifications tab we hold the necessary tickets needed by Law to carry out this work.
We also offer you a milling service, if you would like us to mill some boards out of a tree we have taken down for you, we have the knowledge and equipment to do just that. Take a look at our pictures to see some ideas. You can use the boards for tables, chopping boards, book shelfs, the list is endless.
Removing a tree with the assistance of a crane, can be the safest, quickest and sometimes cheapest way of dismantling a tree in some locations, although there are very few arborists in the UK that are capable and more importantly qualified.
We understand the need and importance of trees, so for every tree that we take down, we will always offer a replacement that we can plant for you, potentially in a more suitable place. If you would like more trees in your garden or green space, we can get hold of just about any species you would like, although we would encourage the planting of native broadleaf trees, and of course we can plant these for you.
We can provide Formative pruning and Maintenance trimming to all hedges, this is done right the way through from February to September. It is recommended to trim back the top and sides every four to six weeks, this is to maintain the desired shape on most hedges, but obviously depending on species. We can recommenced and advise you on what's best for your hedge.
If you would like to keep the wood from a tree we have taken down for you, we have a mobile log splitter that we can use. We can saw up the pieces and split them for you, to any size that you desire.
If you are in need of fire wood, call or email us with the quantity and size you need and we can deliver it to your door. We provide fresh cut timber for you to season (which is cheaper) and also -20% moisture content fire wood (which is classed as ready to burn).
Stump grinding is an intricate process that excavates the stump of the tree without removing the roots. A stump grinder is employed to mechanically grind out the stump, leaving fine sawdust as a residue. The advantage of tree stump grinding is that the stump is ground down to your desired height.