Help Your Garden Recover from a Grim Winter

It’s been a hard winter for us humans, imagine how rubbish it’s been for the trees that have spent the whole time outside!

It’s been an Intense Winter

Having just staggered through The Beast from the East, depending on where you live, your trees could have just had a really intense few weeks. Heavy snow, freezing temperatures and powerful winds have battered the UK, and while trees are pretty good at dealing with cold, combined with wind and snow, it can become pretty taxing, often resulting in damaged, fallen and dead trees.

Damaged trees can be a huge danger. Partially broken trunks and cracked limbs that can come tumbling down at any given moment, and sometimes, you can’t see deep structural damage. That’s where tree surgeons come into the picture, checking for serious damage that could impair the structural integrity of the whole tree.

Being structurally sound is no joke when it comes to massive, solid trees, which can weigh literal tons. One of those comes down on your house or car and you’ll know about it.

Fallen trees become their own tricky problem to deal with. Beyond delivering massive damage to whatever unfortunate area they choose to collapse on, they requiring moving, and can block entire roads very, very easily. Chopping up and moving a large fallen tree can take several hours even at full speed sometimes.

Dead trees are their own problem too. If you’ve got a dead tree on your property, that encompasses all those risks already mentioned and needs to be gotten rid of. Dead trees aren’t just a massive danger, but ugly too! You need to bring in the experts, pronto!

Getting Ready to Grow and Flourish

If you’re green fingered at all, you’ll know a key part of getting any plant to flourish to its full potential is pruning. Getting rid of the dead and overgrown bits that are in the way. Clearing away ivy and leaves to expose different parts to sunlight. Trees need this kind of attention too.

A tree surgeon will be able to diagnose and execute proper care for your trees, whether that’s treating fungal tree diseases, or getting rid of damaged limbs. They’ll be able to get your trees ready for another summer of looking spectacular, flowering, fruiting or just giving your garden some height. Don’t think it’s all about clambering up, chainsaw in hand, and hacking away, there’s a bit more to it than that.

Dangers of DIY

Sure, it can look kind of easy, and even slightly fun, but going climbing up a potentially unstable tree with a cutting instrument that can remove appendages in seconds in hand isn’t for the faint-hearted or amateur. It’s a combination of strength, skill, daring and knowledge, and if one of those is off, you’re going to run into big, scary and potentially dangerous problems.

Don’t think that because you bought a £50 chainsaw from Argos, and you’ve got a three-day beard going on, you’re suddenly a lumberjack, ready to cut down the tallest trees. Leave it to the professionals, it’s safer, quicker and easier.

Tree Surgery Can Help You Make the Most of Your Garden this Summer

Trees are so important, they look gorgeous, provide shade and shelter, block annoying road sounds, and produce the very stuff we breathe, for goodness sake. If not for trees, this planet would be a very different place. That’s why you have to take care of your trees. Here’s some reasons why you need to get a tree surgeon out, and get your garden up to standards this summer.

Get Your Trees Living Up to Their Full Potential

If your trees aren’t healthy, or living up to their potential, they tend to be stunted and ugly. Yellow leaves, ugly bark, patchy leaves and uneven twisted structures can happen as a result of a sick, undernourished or dying tree. Getting a tree surgeon in to take a look over your trees and determine the problem can help you getting your garden living up to its full potential this summer.

Go Modern

Gardens should be your own private place of peaceful, calm tranquillity, and avoiding the dark, mossy, dingy tones of a garden dominated by large trees is absolutely crucial. A skilled tree-surgery job will optimise light conditions in your garden, while maintaining essential privacy and quiet. That’s why you should get a quality tree surgeon on the job and modernise your garden for summer fun.

Picking the Perfect Tree Surgeons

When it comes to finding the right tree surgery service, there are a number of things to bear in mind. First and foremost, you’ve got to take the company’s reputation into account. Reputation is very important, especially when it comes to local services like this, and a good reputation says a lot more about a company than any amount of advertising could.
Other points to prioritise are knowledge and experience, as well as the obvious one, pricing. You want to know that the company you select has been working on trees for a good few years, and are very knowledgeable when it comes to tree surgery. The fact is, tree surgery is a fairly precision task, and requires a lot of background knowledge. Knowing where to cut, how to cut, how to climb and how to gauge the health of a tree is definitely a tough skill to learn quickly. You’re better off going with a more experienced service.
The last point is price, but this one should always be counterbalanced with quality of service and reputation, convenience, skill and other factors. Tree shape and define a garden, you don’t want to go for the cheapest tree surgery service out there.

Note – Don’t Attempt DIY Tree Surgery

There’s a reason people are able to charge and perform tree surgery as a service, and that’s because it’s an uninviting mixture of awkward, difficult, dangerous and technical, while requiring a fair amount of background knowledge. Don’t just think to yourself, I’ll have a go, and scramble up a tree, chainsaw in hand. Best case scenario, you ruin or kill the tree, worst case, you injure yourself, potentially badly depending on the height of the tree. Leave it to the professionals!

3 Things Trees Do For a Garden and Why You Can’t Afford to Lose Them

Gardens can be beautiful, tranquil, and peaceful places of rest, gatherings and relaxation. Or they can be stretches of barren concrete. What makes a great garden? Well, most people would say grass and flowers, but I’d always argue trees.

Trees make otherwise flat gardens grand affairs, sweeping up into the air, as high as the houses near them, or higher. They provide shelter for birds and squirrels, which make British gardens come alive. They essentially make boring suburban gardens feel like they’re out in the rural countryside. They can be beautiful, sweeping blocks of colour and foliage, and these huge flora giants can seem permanent and immortal, but sadly, they’re really not.

As our country gets more and more built up, and more and more concrete covered, the less trees you’re going to see close to your home. You know, the things that produce oxygen, the stuff we breathe? They’re being cut down steadily, and they don’t grow back quick enough to justify cutting them down. To make sure your garden trees live as long as possible, you need to take care of them. Fortunately, that’s not a hard task, make sure they don’t look strange or discoloured, and occasionally get an expert out. It’s worth it, here’s some things they do for you.

Shelter and Shade

While shade might not seem the most pressing issue with our tepid British summers, every so often we get a heat wave where you wish your garden had a nice bit of cool green shade to chill out in. If you live in a particularly warm bit of the UK, down south, for instance, a bit of shade can be great in the warmer months.

On the other hand, if you live somewhere pretty exposed, on a hillside, or on the coast, with strong winds, and occasional storms or even snow, trees can give great shelter to your garden and property, and mean that on those breezy but warm summer days, you can still chill out in the garden and read.

Privacy and Quiet

One of the most underrated bonus of having a couple of big, thick and healthy trees in your garden is the quiet they can provide. Trees form a very effective sound barrier against nearby roads, and can get rid of the annoying noise of passing cars and people.

On top of that, they literally block the view into the garden and house, giving you the peaceful, private garden you’ve always dreamed of, free from prying eyes. If you’ve always been a bit wary of sunbathing, trees could be just the ticket.

Make Your Garden Bigger and Prettier

Okay, so maybe not literally bigger, but bigger upward! Imagine all the quality growing space you’re wasting when you’ve not got tall trees using the air and space above your garden. Having some big trees gives your garden a forest-like, grand and 3D feel, as well as providing the beautiful great backdrop everyone wants.

Why Tree Surgery is Essential for a Healthy Garden

While it may sound like a slightly grandiose term for someone who climbs up trees and cuts bits of them off with a chainsaw, tree surgeons do a very valuable job. Trees are much more complex than we give them credit for. The range of diseases and afflictions that can kill trees is huge, not to mention all the delicate ways that they play into our garden ecosystems. What this comes down to is that trees need to be maintained with a skilled, experienced hand, and never DIY! Climbing trees is dangerous, leave it to the professionals. So why does your garden need a top tree surgeon?

Stunted Growth

Plants that aren’t growing to their full potential tend to be very ugly. The problem could well be in your soil. You should test your soil to check how acidic or alkaline it is, and whether it has the nutrients trees and plants need to grow and survive. Soil supplements and other ways of improving the quality of your soil are cheap and readily available from garden centres. This goes for all plants, not just trees, if you want nicer, healthier plants in your garden, do a little soil research. A tree surgeon will be able to help you with this.
Make Sure they’re Healthy

Sadly, good tree keeping skills aren’t all that common nowadays. Keeping your trees healthy is more than giving them good soil and leaving them to it, you need to keep them trimmed and fit. As well as being able to diagnose and treat various diseases and afflictions, tree surgeons can remove parts of the tree that are dying or dead, potentially saving it. Let’s not forget as well, you don’t want the tree growing into your house or too far out over the neighbours either. Trees can also block sunlight into your house, so consider this when having some tree surgery performed.
Don’t Let Parasites Kill Them

It might sound obvious, but one big danger to trees in the UK is ivy. Ivy grows up trees and parasitically uses them as a structure to gain easier access to sunlight. Eventually, the tree underneath starves, dies and collapses. This is why you need to keep an eye on ivy growing around the base of your trees. If you spot any, be sure to remove it thoroughly, ensuring the root is entirely eradicated so it can’t grow back.
If you have trees already coated in ivy, you can cut the ivy around the base of the tree so that it dies, and then have a tree surgeon remove the tendrils to uncover the tree and allow it access to sunlight again. Getting a tree surgeon in to remove the ivy is important, because whether the ivy is alive or dead is pretty irrelevant to the tree underneath, which is starving for light. You don’t want to go clambering up big, old trees yourself either, much better to get the professionals in.

Why it’s Important to Tidy Your Trees before Winter

As we enter the decidedly more miserable winter months, you might be gearing up to start ignoring your garden and gardening, however before you write the garden off completely, you need to bring in some great tree surgeons to give it a final once over to keep everything healthy and looking great through the winter. Trees don’t grow so much in the colder months, so getting some tree surgeons in just before the cold fully sets in will mean your garden looks solid for the next three to six months, while also making sure that any unhealthy or unsafe elements of trees are removed and pruned away.

Keep It Pretty All Through the Winter

                Trees grow less in the colder months, so getting them shaped before it cools can result in a prettier garden all winter long. The stylistic powers of trees cannot be understated, they can be huge, unbound and domineering walls of green that overpower your garden, or they can border, shape and divide the space effectively, giving you a peaceful and tranquil area to relax and spend time. Plenty of research has been done on the calming effects of trees and nature, and it’s not to be sniffed at, trees really do make a garden. Getting high quality tree surgeons in can guarantee you well shaped trees that cradle and form your garden, leaving you with the best space and look possible throughout the winter months.

Use a Great Tree Surgery Company, Never DIY

                Okay, so you might find yourself thinking; well, so what, cutting trees up, easy! You’d be wrong. Obviously if we’re talking about a little baby sapling tree, you’re probably not going to have too much DIY trouble, beyond accidentally killing the tree, but with a  huge oak or similar you’re going to have to do some climbing. Have you ever tried climbing a tree without the specialised miniature chainsaw and climbing harness? Not to be recommended! Safety always comes first, no one enjoys falling out of trees, especially in slippery, wet and icy winter.

Another element of safety is making sure trees are completely solid and healthy. A hefty tree branch can easily destroy a roof, write off a car or seriously injure someone. Beyond that, you’re got to bear root structures in mind, they can be disastrous for a house’s concrete foundations. House or garage repairs can end up being costly, so getting a qualified tree surgeon in to do a great, safe and reliable job in can be a really bright idea.

Keep Your Garden Private and Secure

                As well as the obvious beauty and other benefits of having trees around, as giant solid blocks of greenery, they block sound, including road noise, and provide great privacy for an otherwise exposed garden. Obviously you’re not going to be doing quite as much sunbathing throughout the winter, but making sure your trees still form as much of a barrier as possible against traffic sounds is important. You need some well-shaped and tactically placed trees, so you can enjoy your garden to its fullest potential.

Why You Should Avoid DIY Tree Surgery

All garden trees require maintenance. There are a huge number of different varied things that can go wrong and endanger the health, structural integrity and aesthetics of the average garden tree. No one wants their favourite tree to suddenly lose its leaves, die, and become unsafe, potentially damaging buildings and property through falling branches and collapsing. A dead tree can be a huge hazard in any area that experiences any harsh weather or wind at all, so maintaining your trees is important, but it’s crucial that you don’t oversimplify and simply have a go yourself. Professional tree surgeons understand the problems that plague trees, whether they are associated with the trees health, the structural integrity and strength, or the simple aesthetics. There are established methods and skills for tree maintenance for a reason, and neglecting these isn’t a good idea, and remember, it can be dangerous; no one enjoys falling out of a tree.

DIY Tree Surgery Can Ruin How Trees Look

Trees cut at strange angles, or with vast random swathes of branches and vegetation missing look strange, unbalanced and can spoil the look of your garden. While you might just get the job done, we can pretty much guarantee it will not look natural, at best. At worst it could be the garden equivalent of a terrible haircut. Either in need of a fresh cut, or taking a long while to grow out. Tree surgeons make a living from re-sculpting the overall shape of people’s trees, and leaving them looking natural and untouched is a key part of the work.

Trees Are Fragile

Against the common wisdom, trees can be killed by something as simple as removing a large branch in the wrong place. As well as this you can leave the tree exposed to potentially deadly and damaging tree diseases, diseases that could even spread to other trees in yours and other nearby gardens. Tree surgeons understand the nature of their work, and appreciate how to care for a tree during and after the surgery. You really don’t want to lose what could be one of the defining features of your garden.

Be Aware of Potential Dangers

Let’s recap, you’re high up in your tree, hacking bits off, when you suddenly realise the part you’ve just cut off overhangs your garage slightly. Big, new, costly hole in your roof. This is not an unlikely circumstance, and due to the huge, splaying nature of trees, is pretty hard to avoid. Tree surgeons use techniques, climbing skill and planning to avoid this sort of mishap, so unless you’re prepared to do a lot of research and preparation, or else deal with big holes in your roofs, or the occasional destroyed car or fence, you should probably look at getting the professionals out.

Falling Out of a Tree isn’t Great

When was the last time you actually climbed a tree? For most people, the answer is when they were a kid. You’re not a kid now. Think about how high you generally see tree surgeons climbing, to execute a good job. You don’t have the climbing harnesses or lightweight chainsaws they favour either. Falling from any kind of height, and the ensuing injuries are almost always going to be more costly than simply getting the pros out to your garden

The Importance of Looking After Your Garden Trees

Trees can really enhance your garden, and make it a prettier, more sheltered, and calmer place to be. Not only are trees nice to look at, but they can provide shelter from the occasionally sweltering UK sun, as well as slightly more relevant shelter from our scheduled program of wind and rain. They also block sound! This is absolutely crucial if you live anywhere near roads of any form. No one likes the sound of traffic, or building sites. Having a peaceful, tranquil garden can really be an asset when it comes to unwinding from the daily grind, or when throwing a party, or simply when enjoying a barbecue. Trees also provide essential homes for squirrels, foxes and birds, which in my opinion, no British garden is complete without. As well as all that, they make oxygen, you know, the stuff we breathe? So keeping your trees healthy, functioning, and in good shape is really in everyone’s best interests. We’re going to run through a few key tips for keeping your trees in amazing shape.

Things Not Growing So Well?

The problem could well be in your soil. You should test your soil to check how acidic or alkaline it is, and whether it has the nutrients trees and plants need to grow and survive. Soil supplements and other ways of improving the quality of your soil are cheap and readily available from garden centres. This goes for all plants, not just trees, if you want nicer, healthier plants in your garden, do a little soil research.

Keep Them in Good Shape

Keeping your trees healthy is more than giving them good soil and leaving them to it, you need to keep them trimmed and fit. Tree surgeons can remove parts of the tree that are dying or dead, potentially saving it. Let’s not forget as well, you don’t want the tree growing into your house or too far out over the neighbours either. Trees can also block sunlight into your house, so consider this when having some tree surgery performed.

Make Sure You Got Their Back

A key danger to trees in the UK is ivy. Ivy grows up trees and parasitically uses them as a structure to gain easier access to sunlight. Eventually, the tree underneath starves, dies and collapses. This is why you need to keep an eye on ivy growing around the base of your trees. If you spot any, be sure to remove it thoroughly, ensuring the root is entirely eradicated so it can’t grow back. If you have trees already coated in ivy, you can cut the ivy around the base of the tree so that it dies, and then have a tree surgeon remove the tendrils to uncover the tree and allow it access to sunlight again.

Keeping your trees in decent shape really isn’t a difficult job. That’s basically the nature of trees, they’re pretty happy to be left alone to do their thing. With a little know-how, diligence and work, you can guarantee the health and sturdiness of your garden fauna and flora for years to come. Everyone loves sitting out in their garden, listening to the birds sing, in privacy and tranquil quiet. At risk of sounding like a bit of a hippie, care for your trees, man.

Is A Tree Surgeon The Right Choice For You?

Trees are beautiful, useful plants that many of us are not lucky enough to have on our property.

If we do have one or more on our property, it then becomes our responsibility to ensure the tree remains safe and healthy. Unfortunately, many tree owners will only call a tree surgeon if it is an emergency or they absolutely have to. However, if you have time to read this article, the chances are you’ve realised it might be sensible to consult an expert before things go wrong. There are plenty of reasons to enlist the services of a tree surgeon all year round.

Here are just some of the reasons a tree surgeon is the right choice for you:

Diseased And / Or Dangerous Trees Can Be Fatal

You cannot ignore the fact that a tree with unstable branches, or any issues causing its branches or trunk to potentially fall, is a very dangerous situation. If you have noticed one of your tree’s is damaged, you must call a tree surgeon immediately, however, if possible, regular maintenance is a great idea. This is because although a damaged tree may seem like an obvious danger, the tree next to it could be even more dangerous because externally it looks great, but internally it might be rotten and completely unstable. A branch snapping off a tree can cause serious damage to property, animals or people. Spotting and treating a diseased or damaged tree is something that should always be dealt with by a professional.

Tree’s Need Nurturing

All tree’s, but especially young trees need nurturing. If you have planted trees within the last five years, the chances are they still need support to help them establish a healthy root system and growth. Even established tree’s might need dead wood removing, or specific treatment for certain diseases.

Other Types Of Damage Can Cause Problems

As well as physical damage from branches falling, tree’s growing can damage their surroundings. Their roots may be too close to a drainage system, their branches may be reaching a property or power lines. The branches may hang down onto a public path. Tree surgeons can trim the trees to stop this happening, and they can prune in a specific way to try and promote the tree growing elsewhere.

Healthy Fruit Trees Make Healthy Fruit

If you use your trees for growing fruit, it is important they are free from diseases and pests. A tree surgeon can help you keep your fruit bearing trees as healthy as possible so you can keep benefitting from the best fruit.

A Tree Surgeon Is Right For You

Although the costs of a tree surgeon might seem unnecessary when your trees appear to be healthy, the costs are worth it long term to ensure:

  • Your trees stay beautiful and healthy
  • Diseased or injured trees are effectively dealt with
  • Nearby property remains undamaged
  • Animals and people walking around the tree remain unharmed

There are many reasons to hire a tree surgeon all through the year. They can spot early signs of disease, prevent accidents happening and deal with any urgent situations quickly and effectively. They can likely pre-empt issues you could have with your tree years down the line that you would have never even thought of.

Thought of doing it yourself? Please, do not do this under any circumstances. Tree surgeons study for years alongside professionals to learn their trade. There is a huge amount of physics and knowledge applied to tree surgery. Without education and training it is extremely dangerous to attempt any tree work. Make the right choice and call a tree surgeon today.

A True Professional Tree Surgeon!

If you have trees in your garden you may already be familiar with the services that a tree surgeon offers. Tree maintenance, in particular trimming, can be vital if you have large trees on your property. Without any form of maintenance larger trees can easily lose shape and even pose as a danger to people and surroundings.

Branches that grow at too much of an angle become susceptible to breaking as they have little or no support from the trunk of the tree. You don’t need a gusty day to bring down tree branches, they will eventually just fall which is dangerous if the tree is near other buildings, or where people are passing by. It is for jobs like this that tree surgeons are invaluable, as they can remove the branches safely whilst not causing any damage to the tree itself. Diseased branches can cause similar problems to those with breakages in them. A diseased branch can become weak and eventually fall, or can result in the entire tree becoming infected. By contacting a tree surgeon they will advise on the best course of action, from removing the diseased branches to treating the tree in an effort to save it.
Reasons for using a professional

There are two main reasons why it is advisable to contact a professional tree surgeon to take care of the maintenance and wellbeing of your trees:

Expertise – A tree surgeon does not just cut down trees or stray branches. Tree maintenance ranges from planting, pruning and watering to diagnosing and treating diseased trees. In each situation the tree surgeon will have the expertise to know how to prune trees (this can vary from tree to tree), the best seasons to plant new trees, and how to treat diseases accordingly. Tree surgeons are trained to keep trees healthy and to identify and correct problems that may be affecting a tree.

Safety – For those of us that are keen gardeners we may have a basic understanding of how to prune a tree, but it is unlikely that we’ll have the correct equipment and safety clothing to carry out the job. If you hire or even buy the equipment, you still won’t be equipped with the knowledge of how to use the equipment safely, or the safest way to work with a diseased or unstable tree. The potential dangers speak for themselves.

A true professional

Unfortunately there are rogue tree surgeons who will claim to be able to offer you a service which is both full of expertise and safety awareness. If you are looking for a tree surgeon, you need to be confident that they are fully trained, insured and competent in their work. Consider the following:

Quotes – When obtaining quotes, don’t assume that you have a ‘good deal’, if one is dramatically lower in price than the others. Tree surgeons are trained professionals that have high running costs to cover insurance, wages and equipment. If you are being offered a service at an extremely ‘cut-down’ price you need to ask further questions to guarantee the individuals integrity.

Qualifications – The governing body for tree surgery qualifications is the National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC). A good tree surgeon should hold the following certificates:

CS30 – Maintenance of chainsaws, on site preparations and basic cross cutting
CS31 – Fell and process of small trees
CS38 – Tree climbing and aerial rescue
CS39 – Use of a chainsaw from a rope/harness
First Aid at Work

The basics of Tree Surgery

Caring for the trees on your property is not always as easy as it may sound. If you’ve read any articles on Tree Surgery you will already know that it is a highly skilled profession, with many of the practices requiring equipment/machinery as well as knowledge and expertise in using them correctly.

As with any profession, tree surgeons have their own terminology when discussing work practices, and as a homeowner with limited or no knowledge it can seem a little daunting. Here are some of the basics that may crop up in conversation;

Crown – This is the foliage section of the tree which is formed by its branches. It does not include the tree trunk.

Deadwood – Non-living branches due to natural ageing or external influences.

Decline – When a tree displays a lack of vitality, poor leaf size or a reduction in colour this is known as the trees decline.

Coppicing – Cutting down a tree to within 12in of the ground at regular intervals.

Root pruning – Like pruning branches, the roots are pruned ensuring that the tree remains stable and does not interfere with anything else that may be in close proximity.

Bracing – Belts, ropes or cables are used to support the structure of the tree should it have become weak and unstable.

Fertilising – Applying a substance to the roots of the tree to aid and encourage healthy growth or to reduce the rate of a trees decline.

Cavity – A void in the solid structure of a tree usually caused by the trees deterioration.

Pollarding – The initial removal of the top of a young tree to encourage new growth.

When to call

Tree Surgeons work all year round. If you are responsible for the trees in/around your property it is important that you know when to contact a tree surgeon. If your tree has been severely damaged perhaps due to weathering, is growing towards a building or is not looking as healthy as you’d expect, then contact your local tree surgeon who can advise on what measures you need to take to keep the tree or alternatively to remove it completely.

In terms of caring for trees with regular pruning, most trees can be pruned at any time of the year although it is best to avoid the period where the tree is producing new leafs and is at its most active in terms of growth. Ideally do not prune if the weather is particularly cold and frosty, as pruning may leave the tree a little vulnerable until it has recovered.
If you have any queries on the health of your trees it is always advisable to seek professional advice so as not to place the tree at any risk.