Tree Services Discussed by South Wales Knotweed Removal & Tree Services
Tree Services are a service offered to domestic and commercial customers all over the UK. Whether it’s an overgrown or dying tree in your front or back garden, you are a commercial business with grounds that need to be kept in check or you are a construction company that needs grounds cleared and trees removed before any development can start whether it’s large or small South Wales Knotweed & Tree Services can help.
Our services are carried out by qualified and skilled tree surgeons who have extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. They all hold CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards and are accredited to either Lantra or City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 in chainsaw use as well as being compliant with all industry standards.
Our work conforms with the current best practices for Arboricultural works and in accordance with BS3998 (2010). We provide assurance to all our clients that we strictly adhere to all Health & Safety legislation at all times and we have full public liability & professional indemnity insurance, in the unlikely event that it is needed.
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Tree Felling Services
Tree Felling is the process of making a tree fall down and it is done in a professional and safe way when using someone who is qualified..
Why would you fell a tree?
- The tree is decayed and branches are falling creating a risk to people and any property around it
- The tree is decayed and is producing fungi, such as mushrooms which grow at the base of the tree trunk
- The trees branches are decaying and they are at risk of breaking and falling which can result in injury or damage to property or the wildlife around it
- The tree has died or is dying and is now unsafe for the habitat, property and people around it
- The tree needs to be removed for construction and development work to start
- The tree is overshadowing and blocking the light from a property or garden
- The tree is overgrown and is hindering the growth of the trees and plants around it
Trees need air, space, sunshine, water and food to grow properly. Felling an older tree will allow smaller, younger trees to grow and flourish. Younger and healthier trees absorb more nitrogen than older trees and this helps to clean an ecosystem’s air and water and this is a reason that an older tree is often felled. Felling older trees also creates room for planting new saplings and foliage.
Older trees often reach a point of overcrowding one another and in these situations, some need to be selectively removed. Sometimes older trees grow so big that they hang onto neighbouring properties, over roads or public footpaths and in these situations they are often removed for safety reasons.
When is the best time to fell a tree?
If a tree is not unsafe then the best time to fell is in the dormant season (between late winter and early spring). Dormant trees are leafless and lighter, which, therefore, makes it easier for a tree surgeon to cut and handle the branches during the felling process, making it quicker and safer.
South Wales Knotweed Removal & Tree Services offer a free full site survey visit to your property or land to assess the tree you have concerns with and will advise you if the best course of action is for it to be felled or cut back. Our Tree surgeons have extensive knowledge and will only fell a tree when there is a reason for felling it.
At South Wales Knotweed Removal & tree Services we understand that one of the main reasons for felling a tree is for safety as well as cases when trees need to be cut down for aesthetic reasons or because they are blocking light in a property or garden.
You may think that the only option is to fell a tree, however, our expert tree surgeons can advise you if crown trimming or pruning would be the better option for you.
There are some trees that are legally protected and you are not allowed to fell them and our expert tree surgeons will advise you on this. If you need permission from your local authority to fell a tree on your property then we will advise you on the best way to go about this and come back to carry out the services when the permission has been given.
When we have felled a tree we can cut the wood to the size you need so it can be used or sold for firewood, or we can use our chipper to reduce the wood leftover and remove it off-site.
Crown Trimming Services
Tree crown trimming or crown reduction is when the branch tips are removed to a new growth point further down the branch. This process is used to remove dead, diseased and damaged branches as well as reducing the overall size and width or height of a tree.
You should think about removing the lower branches of a tree when it is 2-3 years old which will allow enough space under the crown for other shrubs and plants to grow as well as ensuring there is enough headroom for people to walk under the tree. This process is called crown lifting and when doing this on older trees it should be restricted to secondary branches or just shortening primary branches to ensure the process does not damage the growth of the tree.
More mature trees should be trimmed every 3-5 years compared to a younger tree which will need it every 2-3 years.
Fruit trees should be pruned annually to prevent the tree from overgrowing and encouraging the growth of fresh fruit in season.
Crown Pruning Services
Crown pruning or reduction is when selected live and dead branches are removed to control the growth of a tree and decrease its height or its width. The aim of pruning a tree is to remove any unwanted, overgrown or dead branches, improve its structure, and promote new and healthy growth.
A tree surgeon will professionally and expertly prune a tree to promote a certain growth pattern and configuration of branches that are better suited to the structure of the tree and its setting. If you prune a tree without knowledge the tree can grow in weird shapes and over or under grow in certain areas, so it’s always better to get an expert to carry this out for you as they will also do it safely.
What is the difference between Crown Trimming and Pruning?
In summary, crown trimming is used on younger trees to reduce its overall growth and size as well as give enough space underneath for people to walk under it or for other trees plants and foliage to grow. Crown pruning is carried out to protect the tree or shrub to ensure perfect growth as well as removing any dead, loose or infected branches so it can flourish properly.
Stump Grinding & Stump Removal Services
Stump Grinding is normally the last part of the process for permanently removing a tree. When trees are felled you are left with a tree stump in the ground. In some cases, this isn’t a problem but in others, the stump may need to be removed for construction to start or it may be a safety or trip hazard.
If a stump is left in the ground it can cause problems further down the line and these include; root diseases and fungi such as honey fungus.
You should also be aware that new shoots can grow from the stump if it is still alive after being felled.
Smaller stumps can sometimes be ground and removed by hand if you have the experience but the majority of stumps will often need specialist equipment, often a stump grinder machine to aid removal.
Dangerous or Damaged Tree Services
Trees often become dangerous after we have had extreme weather; a storm or flood, or after extreme force form a vehicle driving into it as the tree’s roots will have been moved or branches will be broken which could fall at any time. A tree can also become dangerous if it has ongoing decay or disease, or some grow in such a way that it makes the whole tree structurally unsound.
South Wales Knotweed Removal & Tree Service Tree Surgeons will come out to assess a tree and will quickly establish the process that needs to be followed to ensure it is safe for passers-by, vehicles and any property around it. They may decide that the tree needs to be felled completely or they may recommend that the tree is pruned to remove any dead, dangerous or broken branches that could fall at any time.
Emergency Call Out Tree Services
We offer an Emergency Service where we will come out to your property or land and quickly to assess what needs to be done, and we will carry out the work needed to ensure that you, passers-by, vehicles or property are not in any danger of being hurt or damaged by a dangerous or damaged tree.
Hedge Trimming Services
Hedge trimming or a hedge cutting service is when tall hedges or overgrown shrubs are trimmed back. New hedges need formative pruning to keep them healthy and promote their growth for their first couple of years after they are planted and this is normally carried out in winter or early spring. After a couple of years, maintenance trimming is carried out annually. These processes stimulate the growth of new branches which makes them fuller and healthier and also and reduces the likelihood of pest infestations.
Hedge Shaping Services
Hedge shaping services can be incorporated into both of the above but is normally carried out when the hedge is in full season. It gives a shape to your hedge making it look aesthetically pleasing and tidy.
What are the benefits of Hedge Trimming & Shaping?
- Promotes thicker and fuller growth
- Improves the overall look of your garden
- Improves the health of your hedge
- Prevents the spread of disease and insects
- Promotes longer stems & flowering
- Prevents the hedge from overgrowing and preventing other plants, flowers and foliage from growing around it
Garden, Ground, Site Clearance & Weeds Control Service
If your garden or business property is looking unkempt and overgrown we offer a garden and site cleaning service which takes away the need for you to do it yourself. Sometimes these jobs are daunting and at South Wales Knotweed we have the experience and tools to quickly and efficiently clear any garden or landscape space so you can start to landscape the area or construction or development work can start.
Whether you have a business premise with a garden or land then keeping it tidy and up together ensures your business looks professional and inviting to all of your customers and suppliers and we can help with this.
We carry out private work for householders and also offer our expert services for large scale construction contracts for property developers. We will quickly come in and clear the area, garden or site and remove all waste before we leave giving you a blank canvass to start with.
Invasive Plant Services
In addition to Japanese Knotweed, Marestail, Hogweed, Nettles, Brambles, Buddleia, Ragwort, Himalayan Balsam, Dock, Bracken, Hedge Parsley, Cow Parsley and Gorse, amongst others have colonised many gardens, public footpaths, recreational areas and brownfield sites. They are all plants which will quickly spread and take over an area and we have the experience to ensure we remove and control them for you.
We are fully equipped to treat invasive plant species or plants and are often recommended by estate agents and mortgage brokers for our site clearance services.
Our Tree Services Include:
- Tree felling
- Crown Trimming
- Crown Pruning
- Stump Grinding & Removal
- Dangerous or Damaged Tree Services
- Emergency Call Out Services
- General Garden Maintenance
- Reducing Branches and Foliage
- Thinning Branches and Foliage
- Hedge Trimming
- Hedge Shaping
- Sectional Dismantling
- Garden, Ground, Site Clearance
- Weed Control
- Invasive Plant Services
Since 2015 we have been offering a full tree and garden service. If you have a large or overgrown tree or plant in your garden or your business property, or an area of land that needs to be cleared then we can help.
We offer a free, no-obligation site assessment and one of our expert and qualified tree surgeons will advise you if a tree or plant can be cut back safely, or if it should be completely removed following all of the UK Tree Felling legislation.
The health, wellbeing & safety of our customers and staff is at the heart of our business and we have a strong commitment to safe working practices which are constantly evolving using our expertise as well as the industries.
We are a fully qualified Japanese Knotweed Certificated Surveyor (JKCS) and we specialise in controlling Japanese Knotweed, other invasive plants and ‘general nuisance weeds’ which are found in the UK for residential and property development sites and have all the required qualifications and accreditations as well as offering an extensive tree and garden service.
We adhere to all Health & Safety legislation at all times and have full public liability & professional indemnity insurance in place, in the unlikely event that the unforeseen happens.
Our experienced NPTC or LANTRA qualified chainsaw operators & tree surgeons who have in excess of 40 years combined within the forestry industry.
- City & Guilds NPTC Level 2
- Principles of Safe Handling & Application of Pesticides (PA1/PA6)
- Principles of Safe Handling & Application of Pesticides near water (PA6AW)
- Herbicide Stem Injection
- Property Care Association
- The Control & Eradication of Japanese Knotweed Surveyor’s Training Course
- Qualified Technician (PCAQT) in Japanese Knotweed
- Accredited Surveyor in Japanese Knotweed
- NPTC or LANTRA qualified chainsaw operators & tree surgeons
We cover South Wales (including Swansea, Cardiff and Newport), West Wales up to North Ceredigion & Powys and throughout South Glamorgan, Gwent & Tenby, Bristol, the West Country, and as far north as Shropshire and into the Midlands & Birmingham areas.