TREE SERVICES 

We aim to give our customers the best advice and actions to take when it comes to looking after their trees. We know that the terminology can be confusing, so to help you understand the processes, we've provided some info below.  
 
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TREE FELLING / SECTION FELLING 
This procedure is the removal of the entire tree above ground level. The stump can be left or ground out. Tree felling is only possible if there is a safe area with enough room to do so. If space is an issue, the tree will usually be dismantled in smaller sections to ensure no other trees or property in the surrounding area is damaged. A tree may be felled for various reasons; it could be dead, dying or dangerous, it may have been planted too close to property or blocking out light, it could be causing a nuisance such as blocking drains, invasive roots, overhanging a boundary. We would always recommend you replant a tree for every tree felled.  
 
CROWN THINNING 
You may want your tree to be Crown thinned because you’d like more light or wind to pass through but maintain the shape and size of the tree. This process is where the foliage bearing branches – usually at the outer crown – are thinned, measured in percentages (ie. 20% thin). This can also help to produce a uniform density of foliage. 
CROWN REDUCTION 
 
This is the process used to maintain the size of the trees crown (the foliage bearing portions), laterally and vertically and is measured in metres. This can help increase light into an area or to stop the tree from outgrowing its location. It can also help to reduce mechanical stress on individual branches or the entire tree itself by removing excessive weigh in the canopy. This is not suitable for all tree-types so it’s best to check with a tree specialist before considering. Some reductions are very minor and hardly noticable, where as some may need to be heavily reduced. The best time to undertake this work is late summer to cause the least amount of stress to the tree.  
 
CROWN LIFTING  
Crown Lifting is where the lower limbs of the tree are removed. This is usually required above roads, driveways and paths to improve conditions for vehicles & pedestrians, or maybe to allow more light into your property. 
 
POLLARDING 
This is the removal of the top of a tree at a certain height. It can be used on young trees to encourage multi stem branching from the point where it is cut. If your tree has already been pollarded, it is good practice to re-pollard it at regular intervals. Depending on the species, re-pollarding should take place every 3-5yrs. If this does not happen, then the union between the new growth become structurally unsafe. 
DEAD WOODING 
This is the removal of the non-living branches/limbs from a tree. Common causes of deadwood are natural aging or external influences such as lack of light, disease or damaged roots. Dead wood does not necessarily mean your tree is unwell, however sometimes if there is excessive deadwood within the crown, it can be an indicator that there are internal health issues. It is always best to have it checked by a professional as soon as you can. Most of the time, it is impossible to remove every single branch with deadwood, so usually there will be a specified diameter that we cut to. 
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