Tree Care

Domestic and commercial tree surgery

Professional tree care aims to improve the health, structural safety and/or appearance of your trees. Our qualified arborist can visit your site to inspect your trees. Together you can then agree what remedial tree care works would be appropriate.

The majority of remedial tree care work consists of pruning; some of the basic types of pruning are summarised below. The precise type, mixture and dose of pruning treatment that will best conserve the health and safety of each tree, and meet your needs, will be unique to you and your trees. This will be discussed and agreed with our expert arborist.

All work is carried out according to BS3998

BS3998 is the British Standard for Tree Work. It’s very comprehensive and covers the management of trees and overgrown hedges, taking into consideration the soil, growing environment and the needs of adjacent trees.

Crown reduction

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 thinning

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 is be removed systematically throughout the tree.

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

Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and/or preparing of 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.

Dead wooding

Dead wooding is the pruning process of removing dead limbs from the tree that might be dangerous, diseased or targets of pest infestation. This is an important part of tree maintenance that helps preserve the health and integrity of your trees.

Tree support systems

This involves the installation of cables, ropes and/or belts to reduce the probability of failure of one or more parts of the tree structure due to weakened elements under excessive movement.