Trees can form the backbone of your garden and if you want to start landscaping a plot that houses mature trees, it’s the best place to start.
But trees need care, just like the other plants you look after. So the services of a tree surgeon are invaluable, if only for occasional inspections. There are many diseases that can affect trees, from the fatal honey fungus to cankers and acute oak decline. Added to that are pests that can undermine the health of many species. So a wise precaution is to have them checked periodically. A tree surgeon can advise when to prune and which branches to remove to keep air circulation within the crown and to maintain the shape of the tree.
Whereas a fruit tree can fairly easily be pruned by an amateur, you’ll probably need to call in a professional if you need tree work done on an ancient oak or a mature ash, for example. Health and safety is paramount and these professionals will have the right equipment and training to do the job safely. They’ll also rid your garden of tree stumps and chip the branches, turning the trunk and large branches into logs whenever possible. If you’ve never seen a stump grinder at work, you’ll be surprised at how efficiently they remove the trunk down to ground level. On the other hand you could leave a measure of trunk and call in a tree carver to create something beautiful for your garden. It’s quite amazing how a bare trunk can be turned into a work of art.
If a tree needs to be removed altogether, then it’s really essential to call in the experts for large specimens. It’s a job that’s far too dangerous for an amateur to attempt.
Look after your trees and they’ll give back a lifetime of pleasure, making your garden a place of tranquillity and relaxation.