Although often thought of as an easy task, the risks and complexity of felling even small trees should not be underestimated. At New Heights Arb we are qualified and experienced in felling trees and trained to undertake pre-felling assessments, ensuring we get the tree on the ground, where it’s required, in a safe and controlled manner. Further to this, being equipped with powerful winches we can undertake large assisted fells.
Where felling is impossible owing to the structure of the tree, or more likely its location, we can dismantle it in place using specialist climbing and rigging equipment. We are qualified and experienced in the controlled lowering of branches and stems of trees in confined areas and over objects that must be protected. The process begins with a detailed study of the tree and some considered planning. Once a plan has been agreed and the team briefed, a suitable rigging point is located high in the tree. We are then able to dismantle the tree with confidence due to our techniques and equipment ensuring the safety of the surroundings below.
Crown Thinning removes some of the canopy without actually reducing the size or shape of the tree. This involves removing branches throughout the crown by no more than 30%. It may be undertaken to reduce the impact of strong winds on the tree and strengthening the branches within the crown resulting in less chance of storm damage. New growth is also encouraged and this can help rejuvenate older trees, as well as allowing more light into normally shaded areas underneath the tree.
Crown Reduction, as the name suggests, involves the reduction of the height and spread of a tree’s canopy by a specified amount, generally no more than 30%. An even and natural shape should be maintained by pruning the outer branches, ensuring enough leaf area is maintained for the tree to continue to thrive. This is a technical and complex operation, that if not done properly can cause the tree significant damage, as well as leaving the tree in a visually poor state. The most common reasons for reducing the size of a tree’s canopy are to increase the light that enters a garden, ensure a tree doesn’t outgrow its location, reduce the threat of storm damage or attempt to combat an ailment
Crown Lifting involves removing the lower branches to uniformly increase the clearance of a tree from the ground, normally by no more than 15% of the crown. This is done to increase the light penetration into gardens or to improve access under the tree or clearance over structures. Ideally the removal of large branches is to be avoided to prevent large wounds that may allow pathogens to establish themselves, causing issues for the tree in the future.
Crown Cleaning can involve a number of activities such as removing dead branches, if they represent a risk or removing troublesome crossed and/or rubbing branches. There are many benefits from crown cleaning, the most important being the removal of potentially dangerous limbs. This method will improve the health of a tree by allowing more light through the crown and reducing the likelihood of disease.
Pollarding is a pruning system applied on broad-leafed trees, whereby the branches are regularly (perhaps every 3-5 years) removed from the main trunk. Each tree should be assessed to ensure its suitability for pollarding, although this is not advisable on many mature trees. One of the benefits is that the size of the tree can be controlled as it ages, rather than the tree becoming too large for the situation it is in.
Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)
We are able to carry out work using elevated platforms; allowing us to work on target trees. Target trees may present such hazards as co-dominant stems, large hazard beams, large cracks, cavity and decay. Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) allow the operator to carry out tree works at height from the safety of a platform in a time effective manner. They allow the operator to carry out tree work while being completely independent of the structure of the tree, thus significantly reducing the danger to the arborist and surrounding infrastructure.
Stump Grinding eliminates the need to burn, dig or treat tree stumps with chemicals. As the most effective method of removing stumps, the machine uses a series of grinding teeth to reduce the stumps to ground level and below, allowing replanting or ground preparation for just about any purpose.
Using Eco-plugs is a highly effective method used to eliminate the sprouting from broad-leafed trees which have been reduced to ground level. Eco-Plugs use 90% less harmful chemicals than other traditional methods as the active ingredient is released inside the plant being exterminated. The product will kill off the entire root system, but only the root system. This eliminates the risk of exposure to the surrounding environment as well as people and animals.
Tree work inevitably generates organic green waste in large quantities due to the nature of the work. All of our green waste is recycled through a variety of means:
- Organic matter chipped and left on site – this has benefits such as cost lowering, allowing nutrients to re-enter the soil, and the mulch also acts as a weed repellent
- Recycled as biomass fuel – we supply companies with organic green waste which is further dried and processed and supplied as biomass fuel to produce renewable and sustainable energy
- Left on site as habitat piles – this is dependent on the location and amount of waste, which if done correctly provides valuable habitats for the local wildlife
Please feel free to contact us if you would like to ask any questions or require a quote