Ideas & Guides
Please note: The information given on the “ideas/guide” page is from my own experience and research and is just a guide. As I do not have indemnity insurance, I can not take responsibility for any adverse affects (however unlikely) from someone taking and carrying out my advice. Any advice from anyone should be researched and double checked from other sources before acting on it (weather they are qualified, insured or not).
There are two main ways to remove a tree that my company offers to do for you.
Note: Before even calling a landscaping company, Check with your local city ordinance board/ council planning or environmental department for local rules regarding the felling of trees on your property. A preservation order could have been put on your trees without you even knowing about it. Doing something against this order could result in the government issuing fines and other annoying penalties.
Note: Felling can be done any season but I would recommend trees are felled when their dependant wildlife has migrated in order to protect them. Felling a tree during nesting season can be devastating to local wildlife, including the mammals and birds nesting in your tree. It is best to undertake a thorough assessment of the wildlife that depends on it before doing any tree work.
Note: Bats and the law:
Bats are protected by law and should never knowingly be disturbed. If you think you have bats in your tree you must let me know before we carry out any work. Knowingly disturbing nesting or roosting bats is an offence and can carry a custodial sentence.
Note: until further notice my company would not be able to carry out tree work where I would personally have to close off a section of the road, because there is a strong risk of a tree or branches falling onto the road and endangering the public as a result of carrying out the work. This is because in such cases there is a legal need to be qualified in road works. If however, it is possible to get an external body e.g. council, to close a section of the road then the work would still be considered.
This is where a tree is felled in one go at the bottom of the tree. This is usually very quick compared to sectional felling but this is only done when expensive things like a house or slab patio, are not in the way.
The tree is then processed (branches and main stem cut into small and moveable pieces). The smaller pieces can be chipped and used for making compost or be disposed off.
The tree stump with main roots can be dug up (can take several days for big stumps) or a poison can be poured into drilled holes in the stump to kill it (cheap but can take years for the stump to rot away). Smaller tree stumps can be dug up manually or if the stump is quite big, then a stump grinder or/and a digger hire may be required.
Dismantling (Sectional Felling):
This is where the tree is felled piece by piece. Usually branches are cut away first and then a section of the main stem. This can require pulling on a rope that is attached to the section of the tree that is being felled, so that it falls or is lowered in the correct direction. This can take quite a bit more time than directional felling.
Then just like for the directional felling, the tree is then processed (branches and main stem cut into small and moveable pieces). The smaller pieces can be chipped and used for making compost or be disposed off.
The tree stump with main roots can be dug up (can take several days for big stumps) or a poison that can be poured into drilled holes in the stump (cheap but can take years for the stump to rot away). Smaller tree stumps can be dug up manually or if the stump is quite big, then a stump grinder or/and a digger hire may be required.
Examples of tree pruning work that my company offers to do for you.
Note: It is best (for the trees) to do most tree work during spring, autumn or winter but there are exceptions for this. Some trees need to be pruned during the summer.
This operation involves reducing the overall size of the tree. Using a combination of reduction and thinning, this will allow you to keep a tree which would otherwise outgrow its position. It is often used on older trees in order to improve their stability and extend their life-span.
This operation is used to reduce the sail of the tree. It will improve its appearance and help the tree to cope with strong winds. By removing some of the intermittent and crossing branches, it will allow the air to move more freely through the tree and also help light to enter the tree to promote a healthier growth.
Raising the crown involves the removal of lower branches which will increase the distance between the base of the canopy and the ground. This is usually carried out to improve access or enable visibility without having to remove the tree. This operation is best carried out before a tree is fully mature, in order to avoid any large unsightly wounds.
This involves the removal of dead, diseased and damaged branches. Also clearing out foreign objects and intrusive plants, such as Ivy.
5-TOPPING & SHAPING
Cutting the tops of trees and trimming them to desired shape. This is usually done to hedging trees like conifers to make them more manageable or/and attractive. Sometimes this is done to stop trees growing through overhead wires, e.g. for T.V aerial. Shaping conifers is a bit tricky because the internal parts of the branches are lifeless, there for this is usually done a small bit every half year to a full year.
Examples of tree pruning times.
Deciduous & Pine Trees:
- Different species have different responses.
- It is usually best to prune late winter and early spring before trees begin to bud.
- Do NOT prune when leaves or needles are forming or falling.
- Try not to prune late summer or early autumn – it can cause vigorous re-growth and may not harden off by winter, which could result in cold damage.
Flowering Fruit Trees - Cherry and Plum:
- Prune just after blossoms have fallen to reduce chance of disease.
- Prune while in full leaf or just after leaves have fallen.
- DO NOT prune in winter when the tree has no leaves.
- DO NOT prune in spring – they can bleed to death.
- Prune at anytime except in spring when the sap is rising.
- Prune in high summer but not in autumn, winter or spring to avoid ugly sap leakage.
- Conifers growing in containers should have their tips regularly pruned to prevent spreading and create a smaller overall plant.
- Conifers planted as a hedge should be pruned before the onset of winter. This way it gives them a chance for a little growth before the temperature drops. Time spent shaping them now means that they won’t grow too tall or wide. It also gives them a chance to thicken out so they look denser.
- As new growth won’t arise from older wood, it is better not to prune conifers to a point beyond the emergence of the green or brown foliage.