Dead Wooding is the removal of branches or limbs which are dead or may break off in high wind. Dead wooding is generally undertaken for reasons of safety and improved appearance.
Felling trees safely requires a site survey in order to avoid damage to the surrounding areas. Removal may be required if a tree is diseased or has suffered storm damage. If a tree is hung up against an adjacent tree it may have to be dismantled. If a tree is too close to a property seek advice from a qualified arboriculturalist. Tree Felling may not be required in all circumstances, but careful reduction and pruning may be sufficient.
Stump Grinding is the final stage of removal. After trees have been felled, one will often prefer to remove the stump that is left. If this is not an issue for you, it can be left though the the fungal food source may cause problems in the future for example honey fungus. New shoots may also grow from the stump. Stump Grinding can be done at any time of year. Smaller stumps can be removed by hand, though the majority will require the use specialist equipment. Limited access to gardens is not an issue because we have several machines of different sizes. We will inspect and advise the best course of action and the appropriate equipment needed to carry out the task. Stump Grinding removes a sufficient amount of the root stock to allow for lawn repairs etc. The residue from the grind will break down in due course.
Crown Reduction reduces the size and changes the overall shape of the tree. It is a common pruning technique. Ideally all cuts should be made to a bud or as close as you can to a partnering limb in order to maintain a healthy tree. Pruning will also reduce the overall weight of the tree and reduce risks from bad weather conditions. The result is a balanced crown shape. Crown reduction is a major part of our work and we will suggest a percentage of reduction required for best results. If your tree has a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or you live in a Conservation Area and have been given guidelines for reduction, we can carry out any necessary works.
Hedges create natural boundaries and require regular maintenance in order to keep them neat. Hedge trimming may be requiured annually or more frequently depending on species and requirement. Conifers are often used for hedging and species such as Yew, Lawson Cypress, Leyland Cypress, Laurel, Bay, Pyracanther, Box, Privet and Holly can be trimmed through the summer until late September. Most conifers will not grow back if they are trimmed back too hard so take care.
Deciduous hedges like Beech, Hawthorn, Hornbeam and Hazel etc. are usually trimmed annually after flowering between June and September. Trimming should be done with sharp hedge trimmers blades or quality shears. We will provide a quotation for any hedge trimming and have excellent experience in trimming hedges of all kinds and sizes. We can also provide information on recommended trimming intervals to maintain good health and appearance.
Traditionally, pollarding was used to harvest the wood for fuel etc and nowadays it is done to contain size and risk of branch failure. Pollarding is generally the removal of new growth and the remaining larger limbs are often left as a knuckle-like form. This technique is often carried out at one to three year intervals. Stree trees in London are often pollarded. The best time to pollard is in the dormant period after leaf fall.
Common trees that can be Pollarded include: Willow, Ash, Common Lime, London Plane Eucalyptus, Poplar and some Oaks.
Crown Lifting is the technique of increasing the clear space below the foliage of a tree and is often required in order to improve access for pedestrians or vehicles. Crown Lifting involves the removal of the lower branches and is done to achieve any required height clearance.
Crown thinning is a technique used to remove heavy congestion of shoots within a tree and will result in more light passing through a tree, and also reduces wind resistance. Crown thinning should only be done by qualified professionals. When done correctly. Crown thinning has some similarities to the technique of Dead Wooding and often the two pruning techniques are carried out hand in hand.