Tree Work in Sevenoaks | Your Questions Answered
One of the things to set Marchant Tree Care apart from other tree surgery companies in the Sevenoaks area is a customer-focused approach to service. We understand that tree work, tree removals and stump grinding aren’t necessarily familiar topics to most people. To bridge the gap in knowledge, our LANTRA and NPTC accredited tree surgeons always offer detailed information on our services, including hedge cutting, during their initial consultation, survey and report.
Some prospective customers in Sevenoaks come to us with questions in emails or with queries over the telephone. This page answers some of those enquiries to provide a valuable insight not just into our services, but also into our company as a whole.
Why might I need to consider tree surgery or hedge cutting?
Unsurprisingly, a sizeable number of customers in Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas come to us for tree work when native species in their gardens, grounds or woodland become unmanageable or unsafe. Qualified tree surgeons perform the required work in a safe and controlled manner. We advise all customers and clients to leave tree work and hedge cutting to a professional, not just for their own welfare, but also for the benefit of the specimen and the environment.
Disease and decay are other good reasons for needing tree surgery or hedge cutting services. Should we need to carry out a tree removal for an issue related to disease or decay, we can also perform stump grinding at the same time.
Which types of tree work do you undertake?
On younger trees, much of our work focuses on formative pruning. It is much better for a tree if we make smaller cuts that heal over completely to control growth. This isn’t always easy with mature trees, but our tree surgeons can still manage the size and shape of older species through tree surgery practices such as crown reduction, thinning and lifting.
Because Sevenoaks is a leafy area with a large number of trees, we also offer a coppicing service that helps to control growth and promote light in densely populated woodland. Hedge cutting features highly in our service range too because our arborists have experience in all native hedge species.
Is a tree removal safe if I live in a nearby property?
Yes. Marchant Tree Care uses two different tree removal techniques. The first is directional felling. This is something you may have seen tree surgeons performing on the television. Strategic cuts into the trunk of a damaged or diseased tree create a hinge. The hinge controls the direction in which the tree falls. This particular type of tree surgery works best where there is a clear area for a tree to fall and no nearby properties for it to damage.
The other type of tree work we specialise in is sectional dismantling. This is for tree removals in the Sevenoaks area where a climber removes limbs, from the bottom up, and lowers them to a ground crew using a rope and pulley system. The climber finishes the tree removal by cutting the remaining stem from the top to the bottom to leave just a stump.
Is stump grinding essential or can I leave remnants in the ground?
Our tree surgeons recommend stump grinding wherever possible. Most local tree surgery companies in Sevenoaks, including our own, leave part of the trunk above ground level after a removal because landowners prefer to have them ground down at a later date. The downside of any tree removal project is a leftover stump that not only poses a tripping hazard, but which can also harbour harmful diseases (such as honey fungus), insect infestations and rot.
Stump grinding reduces remnants to subfloor level and leaves a fine sawdust that our tree surgeons can use to fill in the remaining hole. For those who have landscaping plans for a property, tree removals and stump grinding leave the way clear for future development.
When should I book in for hedge cutting?
Most native bird species nest, hatch and raise their young between April and August, so we undertake a sizeable amount of hedge cutting work late in the current year, or early in the next. Because the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) makes it an offence to damage, destroy or remove a nest from mature hedgerows, we can only cut hedges at specific times.
We can still make assessments on hedge cutting at smaller domestic properties in Sevenoaks, but we advise that you always arrange bookings around bird nesting seasons.
Can your tree surgeons help me in an emergency?
Yes. Marchant Tree Care offers a responsive service to deal with emergency tree work, especially after periods of adverse weather and strong winds. We see the preservation of property and woodland as important, but nothing comes before the safety of our valued customers in the Sevenoaks area. Emergency tree surgery covers everything from the cutting of dangerous or damaged branches, to complete tree removals.
In emergencies, our tree surgeons work outside of normal hours. For non-emergency work after storms or high winds, please contact us on our usual number to arrange a survey, consultation and quotation; always provided to customers on an obligation-free basis, and at a fair, competitive price.
Hedge cutting is a service we normally undertake by pre-booked appointment, but we will always consider emergency work as long as it doesn’t impact native bird species.