Tree Surgery in Orpington, Kent, London and the South of England

The field of tree surgery usually falls into two different areas. Many people, including some of our own customers in Sevenoaks, Orpington, Kent, London and the South of England, visualise tree surgeons using chainsaws to clear large swathes of land. We feel this misrepresents our sector. Most tree work undertaken by Marchant Tree Care places its 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, our tree surgeons try to sustain the local environment; if 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. They work to a specification that reduces the height and radius by a set percentage. We never reduce mature trees in the Sevenoaks, Orpington, London, Kent or the South of England areas by more than 30%.

Benefits include improved aesthetics, correction of weight imbalance issues and healthier regrowth. A reduction in rapid growth protects against damage. This means our customers won’t need to book 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.

Other 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 and Orpington areas, 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 the property, enhances 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 to prolong the life of all native species. 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 recover from the wound. Formative pruning is a much better option than making cuts to a mature tree. This type of tree surgery should begin after the roots establish into land.

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


Coppicing

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

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, Orpington 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 an initial survey of your domestic property, commercial grounds or woodland. Our tree surgeons can establish a planting strategy that’s exactly right for you. We personally supply a 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. It improves air quality by filtering out dusts and pollutants. We are now looking to take on more planting programs in Sevenoaks and Orpington as our company continues its growth across the local area.

Please take the time to view our portfolio of previous tree surgery projects.