Expert Tips

When it comes to trees, bigger isn’t always better

If you’ve got a large tree in your garden that is growing close to your home, winter is a great time have it checked out to make sure it’s safe. Here’s how

If you have a tree in your garden that has outgrown its space, it will need to be reduced in size to stop it from causing damage – especially if it is close to your house. It’s better to do this sooner, rather than later. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be to prune and the less likely it will be to recover.

Limiting tree size can be tricky so it’s best to call your local tree expert to ensure both you and your tree are safe. A good rule of thumb is if you need a ladder to prune the tree, you need to call a professional!

Here’s why professional pruning is important for your tree:

  • It’s the healthiest way to maintain an ideal tree height and keep your tree’s structure sound.
  • Carefully selected branches will be pruned to prevent them from becoming dangerous to people and property.
  • They will remove dead, diseased, torn or crossing branches which are dangerous.
  • Different types of trees need different methods of pruning.
  • Pruning can be stressful for the tree if not done correctly.
  • Cutting off a significant amount from your tree when you don’t know what you’re doing can weaken the tree and make it unsafe. While the limbs will grow back, they might be much weaker and prone to breaking off.
  • Tree services professionals have the correct safety equipment and expertise for the job.

And remember, the best way to prevent a tree from becoming too big in the first place is regular maintenance from a tree services professional.

Lose the ladder!

There are significant risks accessing trees using ladders and it's just not worth attempting to do it yourself. Tree trimming or removal work can be dangerous and should always be done by a professional tree services business. They have the equipment and training to take care of tree maintenance safely.

Health checks for your trees

Trees on your property need regular attention for both the trees’ health, and your safety. Regular maintenance by a tree services professional means that small problems can be dealt with before they become major risks to property and people - and your trees will be kept in tip-top condition.

The right tree

If you’re considering planting trees on your property – make sure you choose a suitable species for the space you have. Trees can become a major problem if you plant the wrong species and can even cause damage to your home. By taking the time to plan and plant trees properly, major disasters can be avoided.

Spot the damage

Keep an eye on your trees as there are some tell-tale signs that they may need attention. These include dead or dying branches, crossed branches, sprouting fungi or small mushrooms, and tree cracks. If you spot any of these problems, contact your local tree professional to make your trees safe.

Regular is best

As with anything, maintenance is better than repair and regular trimming and pruning is the best way to keep your trees looking their best. It can also keep your maintenance costs down, preventing damage to tiles, gutters and windows caused by tree branches being too close.

Stay clear of powerlines

Your local council makes sure that the branches of any verge trees stay clear of powerlines. But as a home owner, you are responsible for making sure that trees on your property stay clear of powerlines all year round. This is one job that you must never attempt yourself and leave to the professionals.

Stop a root invasion

Crown reduction is a process which involves reducing the size of a tree’s overall canopy. Branches are shortened evenly and dangerous deadwood and crossing branches are removed or pruned to prevent disease infecting the tree. This process produces a balanced shape which reduces wind resistance and slows down root spread, and can be used to control the size of a tree in a restricted area. As with any job where dangerous equipment is required, always hire a professional who knows what they are doing, to prevent serious damage to you or your home.

Dump the stump

If you have a tree stump in your garden, then you should seriously consider having it removed. When you leave a stump in your lawn or garden bed, it takes a long time to rot away completely. While it's decaying, the stump becomes a 5-star hotel for pests, attracting beetles, termites, ants and other wood-boring insects. This might not seem like a problem, but it will be if they make it into your home. Call your local tree services professional. They have the equipment and expertise to remove the problem quickly and easily – and make sure it’s done properly. 

Treasure your trees

A large shady tree in your garden is a valuable asset. Mature trees can cut energy bills by shading your home in hot weather and can increase the value of your home by as much as 10%. Trees also capture air pollution and absorb traffic noise, so it’s important you look after them. There are a couple things you can do to make sure they thrive, including protecting the bark from damaging whipper snippers, mulching the roots and having them pruned regularly by a tree services professional.

Perilous powerlines

Trimming trees around powerlines is dangerous. Your local council makes sure that any verge trees stay clear of powerlines, but trees within a property’s boundary are the responsibility of the owner or occupier. This is one job you must never attempt yourself and always leave to the professionals.

Keep an eye on your trees

A regular, professional inspection of mature trees on your property means that any problems will be spotted before they become dangerous. Noticeable defects such as fungi, cracks, bulges or hollows in the trunk, can be a sign that the tree has been weakened, and could be brought down in a storm.