Whether you are a government body, building contractor or private domestic client, Beechwood Tree Care has the experience and capabilities to provide a wide range of tree care solutions covering all aspects of Arboriculture.
We are constantly involved with large scale and on-going tree management operations as well as providing home based clients with tree maintenance services of the highest quality.
We are reliable, we won’t let you down and pay particular attention to detail. We are fully insured for your peace of mind (£10 million Public Liability Insurance covers our work).
Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure. This is usually carried out to maintain their safety, health and aesthetics. Pruning should be done with an understanding of how the tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can cause damage that will last for the life of the tree, or worse, shorten the tree's life.
The process of pollarding involves the removal of all branches and most limbs resulting in the remainder of only the trunk and occasionally a framework of the major limbs. A tree that is pollarded is known as a pollard.
Crown lifting, reduction and thinning
Crown lifting is the removal of selected branches and limbs from the lower part of the tree's crown, thus lifting the crowns overall height from the ground. Depending on the location of the tree, this process is generally performed to ensure vehicle and people can pass safely avoiding accidents and injury. This process also assists in allowing more light to penetrate through and under the lower crown.
Crown Thinning involves the selective removal of inner branches evenly throughout the tree's crown. This is an effective method of allowing light to travel through the crown and allows air to circulate more effectively throughout the canopy without altering the tree's natural shape. As with Crown Reduction, all dangerous dead wood is removed during this operation.
Crown reduction involves reducing the size of the tree's overall canopy. This is achieved by shortening the branches evenly throughout the crown. During this process dangerous deadwood and crossing branches are removed or pruned to minimize the possibility of fallen broken branches. This results in a balanced shape allowing the tree to re grow from the established growth points which remain on the branches. This technique is used for many reasons such as to reduce wind resistance and curtail root spread, or to control the size of a tree in a restricted environment.
Occasionally a tree will need to be removed completely, this can be for a number of reasons. In the interests of conservation a diseased tree may have to be removed to ensure neighbouring trees do not also become infected. Most commonly a tree will be deemed unsafe to people and/or property i.e. if a tree is in a sate of decay or in a weakened condition, or if the tree is in an unsuitable area affecting planning applications and construction projects. Felling a large tree in a restricted area will normally require the tree to be climbed and dismantled in sections. Other times when space, safety and the trees form allows, a tree may be felled in the traditional forestry sense of the term, by bringing the tree to ground whole, using practiced methods to ensure a safe, controlled and calculated fell.
When removing a tree or large shrub to ground level, a small proportion of the trunk or stem remains in the ground. This is known as the ‘Stump’. A stump can remain in the ground without causing any harm however if you wish to replant then it is necessary to get rid of the stump. There are many reasons why a stump should be removed when a new building is to be constructed, when a new fence is to being erected and when it is not appealing to leave an old stump in the lawn.
The most efficient way of completely removing a stump is by using the Stump Grinder. The Stump grinder has a large cutter wheel with a number of teeth; this is placed onto the stump and lowered progressively until the stump is ground out. This machine is capable of grinding various sizes of stump and can grind to a depth of 10-12 inches below ground level. This may leave some of the root system in place however, without the tree in place these will eventually rot away. There will be a pile of chippings and soil left behind in the hole, to rot away.
If a stump was diseased and threatens the health of other plants then we would advise chippings and soil be removed and replaced.
Tree management consultancy
Among the hazards that may be associated with trees, their capacity to fall on people or property is perhaps of the greatest concern. Mechanical failures in trees are often attributable to recognisable 'defects', but even an apparently sound specimen can fail if the wind is exceptionally strong.
We have contacts with Arboricutural Consultants who can give expert impartial advice by way of Tree Surveys and reports for risk management.
We can also complete and submit Tree Preservation Orders/Conservation Area Applications to local councils. Where a full Tree Survey report is not necessary we can provide a letter giving our advice and recommendations.
When to trim 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.
There is no need for the width of even vigorous hedges to exceed 60cm (2ft) if they are regularly trimmed. Formal hedges should be slightly tapered on both sides so that the base is wider than the top and light can reach the bottom of the hedge. This is known as cutting the hedge to a batter.
Pruning an informal hedge is much like pruning normal shrubs. In general, when pruning informal hedges, remove misplaced shoots and cut back the hedge to its required size.
Planting and transplanting
Trees and shrubs should be selected for a site based on the ability of the plant to tolerate the soil, light, climate, and residential conditions present at that location. We can provide information on the ability of various trees/shrubs that will tolerate your environmental conditions.
We have a good relationship with suppliers of quality specimens and will advise, supply and plant replacement or new trees/shrubs where you need them.