Tree surgery terms explained 

General tree surgery.

This can include anything from pruning or shaping the foliage on the tree or shrub, as well as treating a tree that is diseased. A tree surgeon will treat trees that range from relatively small and new trees all the way through to trees that are hundreds of years old. It is important to correctly diagnose the problem with a tree in order to appropriately apply treatment. A tree surgeon will attempt to remedy problems as best they can while maintaining the trees in their environment.


Crown reductions and crown thinning. 

A crown reduction is a procedure where, as the name suggests the crown of the tree is reduced, keeping the natural shape and symmetry of the tree. This helps to reduce the possibility of branches 'snapping out' by reducing the end weight.Crown thinning is where selective branches are removed from within the canopy, allowing more light and wind to filter through the canopy, this makes the tree a lot more 'wind-firm' because the wind filters through the canopy with less risk of snapping branches or worst case scenario, taking the tree over completely.


Tree felling 

This refers to the process of cutting down a tree. Tree felling can be a very dangerous task, which can result in serious injury or death. Many people realize this and choose to leave this work to professionals.Tree felling is commonly performed with a chain-saw, this is why felling a tree can be such a dangerous task. Planning for tree felling is extremely important, factors such as the path of where the tree will fall and how level the ground is must be considered.


Hedge trimming 

Established hedges require trimming to keep them dense and compact. Formal hedges require more frequent trimming than informal hedges. New hedges require formative pruning for their first couple of years after planting. Formative pruning is usually carried out in winter or spring. After this, maintenance trimming is carried out, usually once a year for informal hedges and twice a year for formal hedges. Some formal hedges may need three cuts a year. Maintenance trimming is generally carried out between spring and summer.


Tree pruning

Trees need to be pruned correctly. A well pruned tree is a thing of beauty, balanced and in proportion to its surroundings, with its natural form and shape enhanced. This is not easy to achieve. We take great pride in the quality of our pruning and have a vast experience of pruning trees of all species and sizes. It is an unfortunate fact that bad pruning can be very detrimental to trees , often shortening their lifespan and producing an unsightly and possibly unsafe result. Lopping and topping are terms to describe such unskilled cutting of trees and are not practices that we would ever promote.


Stump removal 

When trees are felled or fall, their stumps should be removed to prevent suckering and fungal root rots. Although often large and heavy, stumps can be removed with the right equipment and technique. Tree stumps can be physically removed any time. Paying tree surgeons to remove

stumps when they are felling the tree is the most convenient way to remove stumps.



Eco plugs

is a Chemical stump killer that needs to be applied to freshly cut wood, so are best applied immediately after felling. we drill holes to the specfic depth of the plugs using our specail drill bit. we then place the plugs into the wood and hammer them in this a cheaper way of treating stumps then grinding them out but you will have to wait a good few years for the stump to rot out.


Tree Pollarding

Pollarding involves the removal of the upper branches of a tree. It promotes a dense head of foliage and is used primarily to keep trees at a predetemined height. This provides an aesthetic benefit of a uniform height if multiple trees are placed in a row.  





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