Q:I have trees in my garden that have got out of hand and need pruning by a professional tree surgeon but I'm unsure of how to describe over the telephone what I need doing. Can Bawden Tree Care provide a layman's guide to tree surgeon speak for pruning to give me an idea of what it is I need a tree surgeon to do?
A professional tree surgeon will always need to visit you to see the trees in question in order to make an accurate assessment and provide you with a valid quotation. Any tree surgeon you haven't used before who quotes over the phone without coming to assess the work is, in my view, dubious. That said, it's as well to understand the terminology we use so that, when a tree surgeon does come along to quote, you are familiar with the terms used and can understand a little better the work that's required.
It's important to remember that all tree pruning has an effect upon the needs and health of a tree and whilst customers' requests for pruning are responded to it is vital that the tree surgeon takes into consideration the impact on the tree of any work undertaken. That's also why it is vital that tree surgery is carried out to the British Standard 3998 'Recommendations for Tree Works', which specifies what should be done, how, and by whom. So here is my layman's guide to the pruning terminology you are likely to require:
Crown lifting - Removing some or all of the lower branches of a tree's crown. In public areas this is usually done for safety reasons e.g. near footpaths or highways. In domestic gardens it helps increase light.
Crown cleaning - Removing dead or diseased branches that have the potential to cause injury or accident. This operation is generally only done where there is risk to the public as the dead wood has a positive ecological benefit when left on the tree.
Pollarding - Pruning back branches from an early stage of the tree's life and regularly cutting back to same point at intervals of one to five years. This creates pollard heads, which store energy.
Root pruning - Where tree roots have the potential to cause damage to paths or foundations of buildings. This activity is likely to threaten the tree's health and ultimate stability so felling may well be the only alternative.
The best option is to prune your trees annually, which then prevents major intervention by a tree surgeon and ensures they stay healthy and stable. If, however, your trees haven't been pruned regularly and need a sort out, contact a qualified tree surgeon and request they visit to assess the work required and provide a quotation.
Call or email Bawden Tree Care, now to discuss your tree surgery requirements, make an appointment for one of the team to visit, or just get some general advice. Please remember we are here to help and all our quotations are free and without obligation. Bawden Tree Care is an 'Approved Contractor' with the Arboricultural Association so you can be assured that you are being given a professional service at a fair price.
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