A Short Guide to Tree Surgery

A Short Guide to Tree Surgery

The allure of a well-maintained tree can add an undeniable charm to any landscape. But what happens when your tree requires a little more than a trim or a straightforward planting? 

Enter tree surgery — an intricate and specialised skill that ensures your trees and shrubs thrive. Find out everything you need to know about tree surgery in this short guide.

What is Tree Surgery?

Contrary to the rather medical terminology, tree surgery is rooted in horticulture and involves a range of procedures aimed at improving the health and appearance of trees. The specialists who perform these tasks are known as arborists or tree surgeons

Tree surgery encompasses a variety of tasks, including tree pruning, limb and stem removal, crown reduction and many others. The aim is to promote tree health, enhance structural integrity and make the grounds more aesthetically pleasing — something we at Newman Landscapes pride ourselves on.

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What are the Different Types of Tree Surgery?

  • Tree Pruning / Limb and Stem Removal

Tree pruning involves the selective removal of specific branches or stems to improve the tree’s health and structure. Each cut has to be made with a purpose — be it eliminating diseased branches or promoting new growth. In some cases, an extreme form of pruning, known as limb and stem removal, may be necessary.

  • Crown Reduction or Lifting

Crown reduction and lifting are methods employed to modify the overall shape and size of the tree’s canopy. Crown reduction focuses on reducing the height or spread of the tree without spoiling its natural form. Crown lifting, on the other hand, involves removing the lower branches to allow more light and air circulation.

  • Tree Pollarding

Tree pollarding is a specialised form of pruning that involves removing the upper branches of a tree to encourage a dense head of foliage and branches. It is often carried out to prevent trees from reaching undesirable heights and is commonly performed on younger trees.

  • Tree Felling

Tree felling is the removal of a tree, often needed due to disease, instability or as part of land clearance. The procedure must be executed carefully, taking into consideration the tree’s size, shape and proximity to other trees.

  • Stump and Root Removal & Grinding

Once a tree is felled, what remains is the tree stump. If not dealt with, these stumps can be hazardous and unattractive. Stump and root removal involves the eradication of these stumps, sometimes through a process known as stump grinding, which reduces the stump to wood chips.

When Should I Hire a Tree Surgeon?

Deciding when to call a tree surgeon is crucial. If your tree shows signs of disease, has dead branches or you notice an unsteady tilt, these are glaring indications you should consult a tree surgeon to inspect your tree. Other scenarios like planning a landscape remodel or needing specialised services like tree root removal also warrant a call to the professionals.

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Professional and Certified Tree Surgeons Operating in and Around Derby, Coventry, and Telford

Looking for certified and professional tree surgeons in the Midlands? Newman Landscapes is your go-to solution. With over 15 years of experience transforming the landscapes of businesses, local councils and housing associations, our services range from tree planting to comprehensive tree surgery. Operating extensively in Derby, Coventry and Telford, we assure you — the grass is always greener with Newman Landscapes.

Got questions about what tree surgeons do or what is tree surgery all about? Reach out to us — we’re always here to help.

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