We’ve all heard of tree surgeons (or arborists, to use the technical term), but what do they actually do? Well, they undertake a number of tasks and services but, essentially, tree surgery involves maintaining, managing and caring for trees.
Trees make a wonderful addition to your garden or land and have many uses such as providing fuel, shade and a habitat for wildlife. Each tree is a living organism that is a mini ecosystem in its own right. However, problems can arise when a tree is damaged by storms and floods or has become diseased. Sometimes natural growth gets out of hand, meaning that trees and hedges need to be maintained. However, in extreme cases, trees can present a hazard to people and property. A tree surgeon gloucestershire will be able to resolve these issues, whilst ensuring the safety of people and property and, hopefully, the health of the tree.
More than just “lopping and chopping”
Tree surgery is more than “lopping and chopping”; it’s a highly skilled job that requires an extensive knowledge of trees and safety procedures. So, let’s take a look at some common tree surgery techniques and what the tree surgeon does.
Felling – This is deceptively simple, because it takes a lot of knowledge and experience and it should only be undertaken by professionals with the relevant NPTC qualifications. A tree surgeon will have a range of methods for felling a tree safely and effectively to ensure that the whole tree, along with its canopy, falls safely to the ground.
Sectional Dismantling - sometimes trees need to be felled, but they can’t be felled in one go because of obstacles such as buildings, fences and roads. This means that the tree needs to be taken down in sections and a tree surgeon will need to climb the tree using a harness and rope to lower the pieces down. As each tree and situation is unique, a tree surgeon will have a number of techniques at the ready and they will be able to work out the best strategy for completing the task at hand. This is a very complex and dangerous tree surgery technique that should only be carried out by qualified professionals!
Crown lifting – this involves removing the lower branches of a tree so the canopy starts higher up. This is often carried out by roadsides and public footpaths, where there are regulations on the height at which the canopy should start.
Crown thinning – This is carried out to allow more light and wind to pass through and to improve the distribution of weight. The tree surgeon will remove certain branches (including dead wood and crossing branches) evenly throughout the canopy.
Dead wooding – This is where a tree surgeon will remove as much dead wood as possible from a tree canopy. Some tree surgeons will leave a little dead wood so there is still a remaining habitat for fungi and invertebrates. This is a more environmentally method which doesn’t compromise on safety.
Reducing – This tree surgery technique reduces the spread and height of a tree, as the name suggests. It’s best practice to reshape the whole of the tree depending upon how much has been removed from it.
Maintaining large hedges – Clipping, dealing with problem hedges and maintaining hedges is all part of tree surgery. A good tree surgeon will have all the right equipment and know how to give the results you’re looking for. They will also be able to advise you on nesting birds.
Don’t try this at home!
Because of the highly skilled and potentially dangerous nature of the work, it’s important to use a qualified and insured arborist or tree surgeon to undertake the tasks outlined above. A reputable one will be happy to verify that they are fully insured and qualified to do the job safely and competently. Don’t try it yourself!