How to Look After Your Trees – All Your Questions Answered

Looking after your trees is a vital task that should not be taken lightly. If you’re not sure how to go about it, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, We will discuss all aspects of tree services and maintenance and we will answer all of your questions about tree care.

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What Is a Tree Surgeon?

Tree surgeons or “Arborists” are involved in the cultivation and care of trees in particular, in the urban environment. Tree Surgery is a highly skilled and dangerous job. Services that arborists provide range from pruning to full tree removal.

Tree pruning is a very broad subject. From removing deadwood to improve safety to reducing the overall canopy to allow more light to pass through to the gardens below.

Tree removal is mainly done when a tree has either outgrown its location or if a tree has a disease or major defect making it unsafe.

Tree surgeons learn about soil science, biomechanics, funguses, and tree species. They use this to make informed decisions on the best way to manage a tree.

How Do I Know What My Tree Needs?

Trees are complex organisms that have spent millions and millions of years evolving to be able to grow and thrive in the natural world. So human involvement isn’t massively important, however!

There are a few main things you can do to help your trees:

  1. Keep it clear of ivy
  2. Don’t build too close to the root system
  3. Maintain it regularly and be proactive, not reactive
  4. Don’t plant other trees too close to it.

What Is the Best Time of Year for Tree Work?

Trees are best worked on during the dormant periods (October, November, December, January & February) although pruning trees during the active months is also ok depending on their species and age.

What Happens to The Waste?

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Broadleaf Tree Surgery Ltd is committed to being as green as possible. We chip most of the arisings and anything that’s is too big to fit into the chipper is cut up into logs. All of the waste is then taken to our yard to be sent off to renewable power stations. This is then used to make green energy.

How Much Do Tree Surgeons Charge

How Much Do Tree Surgeons Charge per Hour UK?

Tree surgeons charge between £30 and £50 pounds per hour per person. A team can vary in size from between, two to six workers on site depending on the task and size of the job. These costs are determined by the equipment required, the job complexity, and also the staff who are onsite to get the job done safely and efficiently.

Is it cheaper to trim a tree or cut it down?

Trees are an asset to a property and also to the local area. We all know of desirable neighbourhoods that are tree-lined and have a friend with a gorgeous garden, with mature well maintained trees. Additionally, trees are important for our environment.

Removing trees initially is usually more expensive than pruning a tree and having to re-prune it every 5 years but long term it is generally cheaper to remove a tree than maintain it.

Bad pruning can result in costly reactive works and in some cases full removal. So always make sure you employ qualified professionals who have a solid understanding of trees and their needs.

Why is tree trimming so expensive?

Tree surgery is an expensive industry to be in! The tools and equipment required to run a company are very expensive, they all require lots of maintenance and a lot of fuel. In addition to this what we do is an inherently dangerous industry to be in and so insurance premiums are higher than a lot of other industries. All of that taken into consideration wages and advertising are another key factor.

How much does it cost on average to cut down a big tree?

How much does it cost to remove larger trees in the UK?

How much does it cost to remove a large maple tree?

How much does it cost to remove a 50-foot tree?

We get asked these question a lot, and the answer never changes. Without arranging a site visit it is close to impossible to provide a price. The four main factors to consider are:

  1. The size of the tree.
  2. The work site and what obstructions are near to it.
  3. The amount of distance that the arisings need to be transported from the tree to the chipper and trucks.
  4. The health of the tree i.e is it safe to climb and would we need a MEWP in to work it.

How Much Does Planting a Tree Cost?

The cost of tree planting is largely based on two things. The selected species of tree and its size. The bigger and less common it is the more it will cost. And secondly on the labour charge for the physical planting of the tree.

Tree Removal

Can I Cut Down a Conifer Tree in My Garden?

You can cut down a conifer tree in your garden. The only times you can’t work on a tree is if it has nesting birds in it. If it is within a conservation area or if it is covered By a TPO (tree preservation order).

How Do You Negotiate Tree Removal?

Tree removal should be carried out by trained professionals. It is dangerous and can result in unexpected damage.

Can I Cut a Tree Myself?

Yes, you can, you will need your PPE hard hat, ear defenders, eye protection, chainsaw trousers, boots, and a chainsaw. Then you will need to start at the bottom clearing away branches as you go, then cutting the directional cut. After this, you should put the back cut in and the tree will fall away.

How Do You Cut a Large Tree Into Sections?

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This is a tricky question to answer because all trees are different. Mainly you should start at the bottom clearing away branches as you go and then cutting the directional cut. After this, you should put the back cut in and the tree will fall away.

How Do I Cut Down a Tall Tree Around My House?

Tree removal should be carried out by trained professionals. It is dangerous and can result in unexpected damage. If a tree is near to your house, you should definitely be asking yourself if you can do it without damage. If your answer is no then you should call Broadleaf Tree Surgery LTD.

When Should I Remove a Tree?

Generally, tree removal is only done when a tree is either dead or in decline.

Other factors prompt people to remove trees such as Light restrictions, Damage to foundations, and Planned building works.

How Do You Dig up A Small Tree?

It is always best to get a professional in with a stump grinder.

Do Tree Roots Continue to Grow After the Tree Is Cut Down?

This is very much dependent on the species and health of the tree that has been cut down. A good example of this is if you cut down a Conifer tree it will not regrow from the root system and because of the canopy being removed, the tree can’t photosynthesis anymore and this will result in the roots dying off.

If you cut down an Ash tree to the stump it will begin to sprout new growth. This in turn will produce leaves and photosynthesis will occur allowing the tree to continue making energy. This means that the root system will still be alive.

Does Removing Trees Cause Flooding?

Removing trees can lead to an increased water table. Trees remove moisture from the soil. And regulate water levels. Additionally removing trees adds to global warming which melts the pilot icecaps causing raising water levels.

Will Removing a Tree Cause Heave?

There are many factors to consider when removing trees, heave is one of them.

The three main contributors to heave are:

  1. The soil I.e is it clay soil or a more free draining composition?
  2. Has movement already occurred prior to the tree being removed? If so it is likely you will have further movement.
  3. Will you be building on the land where the tree once stood? If yes then you should wait for the area to settle and take soil samples.

How Much Is Tree Removal?

Tree removal prices vary greatly. If you have a small front garden tree with nothing around it, you could expect to pay between £100 and £200. If you have a large tree in a complex situation with bad access, prices could be into the thousands.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Damage from Tree Roots?

You should check your terms and conditions to see if you are covered by your insurance company. Many do insure you and perhaps would insist on regular maintenance of the tree to minimise root growth.

Tree Cutting

How Do You Cut a Tree Next to A Fence?

You should think about the weight of the canopy and the direction it might fall. Once you have worked this out you should select your cuts and possibly attach a pull rope as high in the tree as possible to assist you with the removal.

Should I Cut Down a Tree that Is Too Close to The House?

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This is something that I’m often asked by people.

Trees are an asset to your property and are an important part of the natural world. Removing trees should be a last resort, however, if your home insurance insists on it or the tree is a risk then it is worth getting a professional in to give some informed advice.

Will Removing a Tree Cause Foundation Problems?

There are many factors to consider when removing trees. heave is one of them. The three main contributors to heave are:

  1. The soil I.e is it clay soil or a more free draining composition?
  2. Has movement already occurred before the tree is removed? If so it is likely you will have further movement.
  3. Will you be building on the land where the tree once stood? If yes then you should wait for the area to settle and take soil samples.
  4. If you live in a new house the foundations will likely be more than capable of withstanding root growth. Older houses should be treated with more caution.

Should I Cut Down My Oak Tree?

I believe that any tree that is cut down for no reason isn’t a good idea. We all must look after our trees. If you do cut down a tree why not replant it with something more suitable in a better location?

What Are the Charges for Hedge Trimming

Hedge trimming is a skilled job and requires expensive tools to complete safely and efficiently. Prices can vary from £100 to thousands of pounds depending on the size and location of the hedge.

Do Trees Raise Property Value?

Yes! Trees are an asset to a property. You could argue that the garden is simply another room in the house.

Does Removing Trees Increase Property Value?

When some people buy a house they will specifically request that the trees are primed or removed prior to the sale, so in a way that brings the property value up but largely removing trees only decreases the value of a property.

How Do You Dig up A Tree without Killing It?

The best time of the year to transplant a tree is during the dormant months (December through to the end of February).

You should be careful not to damage the root system when digging, it’s also a good idea to remove a tree after a period of heavy rainfall as the ground is more mailable.

How Do You Cut a Small Tree by Hand?

All you need is a pair of secateurs and to remember that you should prune to growth points. Also, as a rule of thumb, a young tree should have no more than 30% of the total crown mass removed from it.

What Is the Best Time of Year to Transplant Trees?

The best time of the year to transplant a tree is during the dormant months (December through to the end of February).

Conclusion

We hope that this blog post has answered all of your questions about tree care. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team is more than happy to help you take care of your trees and keep them looking healthy and beautiful for years to come.

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