Tree Felling

The decision to fell a tree in your garden can be made for a variety of different reasons.If a tree in your garden is dead or dying or storm damaged it can be an easy decision on the grounds of health and safety or just aesthetics. 

If you’ve just moved into a new house and you’ve inherited a jungle then felling a few low value or self-seeded trees to open up some light and space for the higher value trees is good practice. We can advise on which trees should be removed and which should be retained. Selective tree removal in a cluttered, overgrown garden can form part of a long-term plan which will reap rewards in years to come as the retained high value trees flourish in their new environment.

A common problem we encounter are trees that have matured over time that have become too big for the garden they inhabit. This is usually down to lack of appropriate management since planting. When this happens the choice between a hard prune/reduction or a removal can be a hard one. With a heavy reduction the tree loses its natural form for ever. The heavy pruning works promote vigorous new regrowth as the tree tries to regain its leaf dominance and it never looks the same again!. Sometimes, the best thing to do is fell the tree and remove the stump by means of mechanical destruction method and re-plant with a new tree.

If you’re planning an extension or thinking of having an office built in your garden then trees in your garden can often be in the footprint of the new build plans. In this case, you must decide what’s more important in your outdoor space. Sometimes the new plans can accommodate both but often the trees will have to felled to make way for your new garden building.

Tree Felling at Hedges n Trees

At Hedgesntrees we take great care not to cause any unnecessary disruption or damage to your garden when felling a tree. However, even with all the best care and attention there is always some evidence of us having been in your garden. We can advise prior to the works exactly what you can expect to happen as a result of our works. A vast majority of our time is spent in residential gardens. We are familiar and competent with all the best and newest methods of dismantling a tree in such a way as to keep the disruption to an absolute minimum.

 When thinking of tree felling the traditional image is conjured up of a huge tree crashing to the ground with the tree surgeon shout ‘timberrrr’ at the top of his or her voice. In a residential garden this process is actually quite rare. There is often not enough room or loads of other trees, shrubs or neatly planted borders in the way of a straight fell. It does happen, but what’s far more common is a process called a ‘sectional dismantle’. This basically means removing the tree piece by piece, or branch by branch. Often, the branches are lowered down to the ground by means of rigging equipment specifically designed for the task. By lowering the branches in a controlled manner, we can avoid impact damage to the surrounding area and dictate exactly where we want the branches to reach the ground. This process takes a lot more time and it can be a bit more expensive but the damage to your garden is drastically reduced, and usually well worth the extra expense. Sectional dismantling can only be executed by trained, experienced climbers working closely with the groundsmen. It’s a real skill. Everything needs to be done in a systematic logical order. The right branches need to be removed at the right time by the right process. Dismantling a large mature tree in a safe efficient manner without causing damage to your garden, your fencing or your property requires a great deal of cooperation between all members of staff and a really high skill level. We can advise upon the best approach and explain our processes during our initial site visit.

 In the odd instance a straight fell is possible we are skilled at felling the tree in the safest most accurate way possible. We are taught a variety of different felling cuts to ensure the tree falls the right way and in the right direction. If a straight fell is possible its always the cheapest option as it’s a lot quicker than a sectional dismantle. The first cut we make is what’s called a ‘sink cut’ its basically a downward 45 degree cut and then a horizontal cut to take out a wedge of timber from near the base of the main stem. This cut determines which way the tree will fall. Then we go around the back of the main stem and apply a ‘backcut’ its really important this is level with the meeting of the first two cuts and that we leave an adequate ‘hinge’ between the cuts. If all is done correctly we can fell a tre with great accuracy and assurance the tree will fall in the right direction!. There are a variety of other felling cuts for trees on a lean (a dog tooth cut) or for trees that are unpredictable (a split level cut). These cuts are all taught at college but as with everything they are only mastered after years of experience.

The timing of removing a tree can be very important. If its during the nesting season (between April through to September) then a pre-inspection is required to make sure there are no nests in the tree. This is usually carried out a day or two before the job, even on the morning of the job. If there is a nest the job will have to be delayed. The other consideration Is what effect the felling of the tree will have on the water table in the local environment. Quite often, this is not a consideration and works can proceed. However, if it’s a big tree quite close to your house, or neighbouring properties then this can be a problem. Felling a mature tree can have an effect on the water table which leads to a problem called root heave. We can advise on this during our site visit.

The logistics involved in disposing of all the debris created by a fell can have a big affect on the cost. For example, a large tree in a front garden can cost the same or less than a much smaller tree at the bottom of a 100ft long back garden. The distance we have to travel to get the branches and the core wood to the trucks and chipper is a real consideration. If the access allows sometimes a small mini loader can be used to transport debris and this can save on labour. However, often access in residential rear gardens is a little restricted. We can advise on the most economical way to do the job. However, there’s often no substitute or alternative to good old fashioned manual hard graft by fit enthusiastic personnel. 

At Hedges N Trees we always aim to leave our customers 100% satisfied, take a look at our reviews at Checkatrade, they speak for themselves!

Our list of tree surgery services include:

  • Crown reduction
  • Crown thinning
  • Crown Lifting
  • Pollarding
  • Tree Felling-Complete removal of the tree
  • Sectional dismantle of large trees
  • Stump Grinding
  • Hedge reductions
  • Hedge trimming
  • Site Clearances
  • Sectional Dismantling of trees
  • Detailed Tree Reports and Surveys

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Customer feedback

Complete tree removal.

“Removed and ground the stump of a tree which was very close to our house and a number of neighbours outbuilding without any problems. Will and his team arrived early and worked quickly. They were very polite and talked us through all aspects of the job. They left the site very tidy. We had a number of people quote for the work and were by far the cheapest. I would have no issues recommending them and will use them again in the future.”

A customer in Leatherhead

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