Once you have decided on complete tree removal, the decision must be made as to whether the tree can be felled safely without the need for climbing.
This is obviously a much easier and quicker process than sectional dismantling as once the tree has been felled it can then be processed quickly and safely from the ground. However the decision must only be made to straight fell after a number of considerations have been taken into account. For example, and most obviously, is there room on the ground for the tree to fall without damage to buildings, other trees etc? Is the increase in speed and reduction in cost worth the inevitable damage to the lawn (or other surface) from the impact of the tree falling? Is there a significant lean which increases the element of risk?
All these things and more must be carefully considered by an arborist before tree felling is decided on. Tree Folk have the tree surgery expertise and experience needed to take down any tree, we have not been beaten yet!
If felling a tree from the ground has been deemed impossible or too dangerous then we must climb the tree (or use a cherry picker in certain circumstances). This allows us to carefully dismantle the tree piece by piece thus avoiding damage to property and surrounding trees, plants or objects.
Sometimes this can be a relatively straight forward task involving ‘free falling’ branches straight down for the ground crew to clear up. On the other hand we may be tasked with removing an 80’ Oak tree with only a 5m x 5m (or less) area to drop branches in surrounded by roofs, greenhouses, gas tanks etc. This is exactly the kind of challenge we love at Tree Folk!
Scenarios like this call for highly technical rigging to carefully lower branches using specialist equipment. It is imperative that all tree surgeons, both the climber(s) and the ground crew know exactly what they are doing and maintain full communication during the whole process.
If you have a tree that looks like it’s impossible to safely remove, give us a call. We like a challenge!
We believe there are two types of climbing arborist; those who can carry out high quality crown reductions and aerial pruning and those who can’t. Unfortunately the vast majority of tree surgeons are those who can’t. Reductions are a speciality here at Tree Folk so if you have a special tree that you need to be sure is given only the very best pruning, we should be your first port of call.
In simplistic terms crown reduction involves shortening branches to reduce the overall size of a tree. This technique is particularly useful when trees are outgrowing their allotted space or creating excessive shading but have a high amenity value and therefore should not be removed. It can also minimise the risk of failure from mechanical stresses due to high winds.
The techniques involved in a quality reduction are very precise, and the future appearance and strength of the tree is most definitely dictated by the choice of cuts and skill level of the arborist.
One thing that we find ourselves constantly explaining to clients is that with crown reductions, less is more. By this we mean that harsh pruning will often result in vigorous re-growth producing an unsightly and structurally hazardous tree whereas a more sensitive crown reduction can maintain the aesthetics and natural look of the tree whilst minimising re-growth.
We can advise on the best course of action for your trees. Just use our contact page to drop us a line and arrange a free site visit and quotation.
Crown thinning does not reduce the overall size of the tree but involves removing several smaller branches evenly throughout the canopy to reduce the density of branches and foliage.
There can be a number of reasons for thinning the crown of a tree; to reduce the ‘sail effect’ caused by a dense canopy thus reducing the risk of wind damage, it can also allow more light through the crown when a tree is casting excessive shade.
In our opinion crown thinning done properly and in the right circumstances can enhance the visual appearance of a tree by revealing and de-cluttering the branch structure making a more majestic and less messy looking tree.
As with crown reduction, it is important to not get carried away by removing too much material from the tree. This will result in epicormic re-growth (sprouting) and a higher frequency of ongoing maintenance.
Crown lifting or crown raising is particularly useful for increasing light levels in close proximity to the tree in question. It involves careful pruning, or in some cases complete removal of the lowest branches in order to create more space beneath the tree.
It is also often carried out for purely practical reasons, for instance to avoid damage to adjacent roofs or allow free movement of vehicles beneath the tree.
Crown lifting is an often overlooked method of increasing light levels in smaller gardens when the angle of light is such that a crown reduction will make very little if any difference. We are experienced in advising the best course of action for your trees and our policy will always be to retain trees where possible by using the correct management methods rather than advising complete removal.
Occasionally it will be necessary to remove some dead branches from some trees that are growing in areas where falling objects can pose a risk to people and property. We often carry out dead wooding along with a climbing inspection of the entire tree to assess the structural integrity and overall health of a tree.
We always advise leaving as much dead wood as possible as it creates valuable wildlife habitat. Next time you take a walk through the woods have a close look at any trees that have been dead for some time. You may well find it is home to all kinds of fungi, insects, spiders, owls, woodpeckers and other birds, bats and much more. Our need for neat and tidy trees and gardens can come at a price to local wildlife, something we all need to consider carefully before making an informed decision about tree management.