Treevolution provides the full range of tree services, from planning and planting, to pruning and maintenance, through to felling and removing.
Our tree services include:-
- Planning & Planting
- Crown work - lifting, reduction
- Dead limbing
- Stump grinding/removal
We can advise on tree suitability for your various locations and as part of landscaping your garden.
The correct pruning of each particular tree is important to establish the desired form, such as removing limbs away from homes, out buildings, roads and utilities or to correct defects and weaknesses that may affect the tree structure.
Crown work - thinning, lifting, reduction
Crown thinning is the removal of selected internal branches evenly throughout the tree to reduce the density of the crown. However, it does not change the overall size or shape of the tree. Crown thinning is generally confined to deciduous broad-leaf trees rather than conifer and fir species. Crown thinning is designed to reduce stress on the tree that could result from crown resistance to strong winds. It may also be carried out to admit more air and light into and through the canopy.
Thinning opens the foliage of a tree, reduces weight on heavy limbs, and helps retain the tree's natural shape. The volume of the branches to be removed will normally be expressed as a percentage of the whole crown.
Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches. This is an effective method of increasing light transmission to areas closer to the tree or to enable access under the crown and is normally restricted to less than 15% of the live crown height to leave at least two thirds of the total height of the tree.
Crown reduction is where we reduce a certain percentage of the overall height and size of the tree by removing the ends of branches evenly to produce a better shape and let light into your garden, it can also be used to reduce the effect of wind and foliage weight on the tree.
Pollarding is the removal of the top of a tree at a prescribed height, usually 4 - 7 meters, to encourage multistem branching from that point. This is traditionally used to produce many straight stems for firewood or poles. Once started, it should be repeated on a cyclical basis, always retaining the same initial pollard point.
Dead limbing, also known as dead wooding, is the safe removal of any the dead wood from the tree. This will improve the look of your tree but is also carried out to remove the hazard of them falling on to buildings, vehicles or unsuspecting memebrs of the public!
Felling involves dropping the tree in its entirety using different techniques to control the direction of fall; this practice can only be undertaken where space allows. See "dismantling" for the tricky jobs (next section)!
The foliage and wood we can either take away or leave for your own use. We can log large pieces for your wood burner and chip small branches for garden mulch. Either way, we will of course leave the area tidy.
Very often space can be limited around a tree which may be causing issues to buildings due to the proximity. In these cases the tree must be taken down piece by piece but if space and safety allow a tree can be felled in one piece. If the area below the tree is clear and free from obstructions, cut branches can simply be allowed to free fall.
When branches are too large or heavy for the climber to hold and throw clear, or obstructions that prevent their free falling, then lowering ropes will be used. This practice is most commonly used on larger trees.
Stump grinding is where we grind down the main stump to below ground level. Removal is the step of removing all the main roots as well.