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It is important to prune trees at the right time of year to minimise stress the tree is put under after pruning and to decrease the chance of infection or disease.
Most trees are best pruned during the dormant Winter months. However some trees are best pruned at different times in the year like Cherry trees favour being pruned in early Spring after the last frost. Walnut and Magnolia trees are best pruned in mid Summer to Autumn to avoid the pruning wounds bleeding.
By law you can prune overhanging branches to the boundary line, however we strongly advise seeking professional advice before doing so as incorrect pruning can lead to harming or unbalancing the tree.
In keeping with the Wildlife and Countryside act 1981 and Natural England's scheduled nesting season, birds will nest from February to August. However it is not uncommon to find active nests either side of this time frame.
During nesting season it is an offence to damage or destroy a nest. Therefore we survey and assess the trees before work is carried out. If we find an active nest we cease work and reschedule for later in the year when the birds have fledged to minimise any disturbance.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) & Conservation Areas are designed to manage trees with specific value to the natural landscape, habitat or valuable heritage.
We carry out all necessary applications to councils to apply for permission to work on protected trees. We can advise on what work will most likely be accepted from the governing bodies and keep track of the progress of your application.
All work on protected trees must be applied for, however storm damaged, dangerous or dead trees can be worked on as long as the Council are notified with reasons for the work with evidence. Once this has been accepted the work can commence within a shortened time frame. Regular applications usually are processed and accepted within 8-10 weeks.
Trees under 1.7m. in height and a chest height diameter of 75mm are not covered under a TPO or Conservation Area.
If you are looking to remove a large volume of trees then a felling/thinning license may be required from the Forestry Commission. This regulates the number of trees that can be felled at one time to reduce the ecological damage from removing a large volume of trees.
We are happy to assess trees to find the root of the problem, no pun intended!
It is very important to find out exactly what is happening with your tree to be able to predict what may happen in the coming years. Some fungi or infection can cause limb or whole tree failure so monitoring this and acting before this happens can be vital.
Some trees can struggle with our ever changing climate, some years they may look 'sick' or 'unhappy' this can be characteristic of the species or it can be projecting signs of stress. A struggling tree can show a few signs including a large quantity of new growth called epicormic growth, clustering together along the trunk or main branches of the tree. It can also manifest in the opposite where the tree loses a large quantity of leaves. The leaves themselves may have spots within the leaf, wilted edges, holes or discoloration.
We use a number of local, reputable businesses which supply us with our fencing or tree saplings/plants.
The timber we buy is treated or pressure treated and is assessed before we install to ensure the integrity of the fence.
Our plants are also locally grown and sourced. We use a wide range of suppliers who specialise in a wide range of trees from native trees or hedging plants, non native or rare species and Topiary trees or shrubs. We are happy to offer advice on the best trees to plant for your specific area.
We are always on hand to deal with emergency call outs. Unfortunately trees can fail without much notice and can cause large disruption, usually during the heavy Winter winds and wet weather but sometimes we have to deal with trees that suffer from sudden limb drop in the Summer. Our aim is to deal with these issues as quickly as possible and clear the devastation so it causes as minimal impact and disruption as possible.
If you require any urgent services please call Max on 07786 991420.
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