Tree Surgery in Sevenoaks from Marchant Tree Care

The field of tree surgery usually falls into two different areas. Many people, including some of our own customers and clients in Sevenoaks, Kent, London and the South of England, visualise tree surgeons using chainsaws to clear large swathes of land but we feel this sometimes misrepresents our sector. The majority of tree work undertaken by Marchant Tree Care places a stronger focus on maintenance and preservation, especially in the case of healthy, undamaged specimens.

While tree removal is sometimes unavoidable, our day-to-day work deals with smaller issues such as overhanging branches and seasonal maintenance. Whenever we do have to perform a removal in Sevenoaks, Kent, London or Southern England, our tree surgeons try to sustain the local environment, if it is possible, by planting a new tree. Ethics like these are the cornerstone of our company.

Below, we look at some of the different tree surgery services available to you.

Crown Reduction

This type of tree work reduces overall canopy size by pruning branches evenly throughout the crown. Tree surgeons remove crossed limbs and deadwood to stop the potential spread of pathogens, and work to a specification that reduces the height and radius by a specific percentage. We never reduce mature trees in the Sevenoaks, London, Kent or the South of England by more than 30%.

Benefits include improved aesthetics, correction of weight imbalance issues and healthier regrowth. A reduction in rapid growth protects against damage and our customers won’t need to worry about booking in for this type of tree surgery again for three or four years.

Tree Surgeons in Sevenoaks

Crown Thinning

Our tree surgeons selectively remove inner branches within the crown to encourage air circulation and the travel of light, but without changing the natural shape of the tree. Like crown reduction, this type of tree work includes the removal of deadwood and crossed limbs. Smaller trees and plants in the surrounding area benefit from additional light transfer.

Benefits associated with crown thinning include a lighter appearance, improved health of the remaining branches, protection for the main branches and retained size and shape.

Tree Surgery in Sevenoaks

Stump Grinding in Sevenoaks

Crown Lifting

Customers and clients in the Sevenoaks area, and those in Kent, London and Southern England, usually opt for crown lifting once growth makes it difficult to move around the tree’s perimeter. This method of tree surgery sees branches and deadwood removed from the lower half of the tree to “lift” the overall height of the crown. This makes it easier for people or cars to pass safely beneath the canopy.

This tree work provides better light transfer, improves views from inside nearby properties, enhances the aesthetics, maintains tree health and, of course, leaves more open land space.


Tree Work in Sevenoaks

Formative Pruning

Nurturing trees through the early stages of development is a prerequisite for tree surgeons and one that helps to shape the tree as it matures. Formative tree surgery reduces the need for heavy pruning in the future, and prolongs the life of native species in the Sevenoaks, Kent, London and South of England areas. This type of tree work ultimately improves spacing, orientation, shape and size.

Small cuts to smaller trees do less damage compared with large cuts to larger trees. Time gives the tree a chance to grow over the wound. Formative pruning is a much better option than making cuts to a mature tree, and should begin after the roots establish into the land.

Benefits associated with this type of tree work include better overall shape, a stronger trunk, a longer lifespan and an eventual limitation to weaknesses in the tree structure.


Coppicing

Coppicing is a form of tree surgery with many years of tradition, and one which we use to allow regrowth on specimens in Sevenoaks and the surrounding region repeatedly felled on the same stump. This type of tree work promotes the growth of fresh shoots from the main stump, and is widely used by tree surgeons as a management technique in denser woodland areas.

Our own tree surgeons use pure coppice (one species), mixed coppice (multiple species) and coppice with standards (scattered species) techniques. Coppicing produces a fast-growing and sustainable source of timber without the need for the continuous planting of saplings.

Tree Removal in Sevenoaks

Pollarding

This is an important form of tree surgery, provided to customers in Sevenoaks and Southern England, where we remove the upper limbs and branches to encourage a thicker, denser foliage after regrowth. Pollarding is an ornamental practice and one that our tree surgeons use to keep specimens in a partially juvenile state. This increases the lifespan of the tree. The practice dates back to the 1st Century as a means of creating livestock fodder or wood.

As a formative type of tree work, pollarding keeps specimens in a smaller overall condition compared to natural growth rate. The process usually begins when a tree reaches a certain height and, with annual maintenance, keeps that tree to a permanently restricted size.

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Tree Planting

Call Marchant Tree Care for a free consultation and initial survey of your domestic property, commercial grounds or woodland, and let our tree surgeons establish a planting strategy that’s exactly right for you. We personally provide an extensive range of saplings ready for planting with a choice of coniferous, fruit or deciduous species, and also hedging plants.

This type of tree work delivers numerous benefits for environments and ecosystems in the Sevenoaks, Kent, London and South of England areas, and improves air quality by filtering out dusts and pollutants.


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Hedge Cutting

Most tree surgeons work on hedges and shrubs to keep them tidy and manageable. With legislation in place that sees home and landowners fined if they fail to control hedge growth, it’s important to book in for hedge cutting services on an annual or biannual basis. The number of times you cut a hedge each year depends heavily on the species. We advise on the best time to book in for maintenance and we work on all types including Leylandii.

One thing we always take into consideration with our hedge cutting services is bird nesting seasons. We never work on hedges if birds are still present raising their young. Instead, our tree surgeons arrange to come back at a time more suitable to you and to our local wildlife.