Tree Care, Maintenance, Pruning and Clearance

In any landscaping project or garden, larger features like trees and hedges are key to adding character and setting the tone. Often, feature trees such as birches, oaks, willows and beeches are the first thing that gets noticed in a garden. Hedges are other dominant features and provide a way to define the boundaries that is natural and provides a habitat for local wildlife. Trees hold a special place in the hearts of gardeners and homeowners throughout London and the UK as a whole, with many of our beloved species having folklore, myths and legends associated with them. And who wouldn’t want a piece of history and legend growing in their garden?

However, like any living thing, trees need care and attention if they are to thrive. They also need to be shaped and trained so that they fit with our modern lifestyles. Branches need to be kept back from windows and from power lines. If a large tree is blocking sunlight from your house (or your neighbour’s), then a spot of tree crown reduction is needed. Tree trimming and shaping is often required to ensure that a particular specimen grows in a way that’s safe and aesthetically pleasing. Dead branches require lopping at the right time so they don’t fall naturally and damage the rest of the tree – or whatever’s underneath. Sometimes trees need to be felled or removed. Others need lopping or pruning to ensure that the tree stays healthy.

This sort of job requires specialist knowledge and equipment. Although your gardening ability might allow you to mow the lawns and weed around the daisies, it probably won’t reach to what’s needed for tree care. Things like tree pollarding and crown thinning require the knowledge and skills of tree surgeons.

The Art And Science Of Tree Surgery

Tree surgery is both an art and a science. Although tree surgery is very closely related to arboriculture, it’s not quite the same thing. An arborist may be able to identify what’s wrong with a tree and what needs to be done but the tree surgeon has the ability to carry out the procedure needed, whether it’s stump grinding or the sort of delicate touch needed for wisteria surgery.

A tree surgeon needs to be something of a scientist. He or she needs to know the best time of year to carry out operations (willow tree surgery, for example, is best done at certain times of the year, unlike tree removal). He or she needs to be able to identify which branches are likely to cause stress and damage to the tree so that the tree can be trained appropriately. If tree pollarding is needed, then he or she needs to know which species (e.g. poplar, willow and plane) suit this procedure best. He or she needs to know what the effects of removing branches will do to the rest of the tree and how it grows… and the list goes on.

But a tree surgeon is also an artist. The goal of these tree services is to produce something that’s aesthetically pleasing, so merely tree lopping or tree trimming any old how without much attention to detail and thought just won’t do. A good tree surgeon carrying out, say, birch reduction surgery will be able to transform a massive tree with branches encroaching buildings and overhead wires into a small and dainty tree that is beautiful. Whether a tree surgeon is carrying out ash tree surgery, pollarding lime trees or regular hedge trimming, the final look is always important, so a tree care expert needs to have the eye of an artist and a good sense of design.

Primus Tree Surgeons’s London Tree Services

Primus Tree Surgeons has a team of experienced tree surgeons who have the right combination of art and science. From completely removing problem trees that send out awkward roots that damage pavements and encroach drains (willow trees are the biggest offenders for this) through to carefully shaping wisteria and pruning pear trees and apple trees to maximise yield in a small space, we can provide the tree care services you need. Whether you’re a private domestic customer needing to cut back a tree to comply with regulations or whether you are a commercial client who needs a large hedge reduced for safety purposes as well as to maximise natural light in the buildings.

We carry out all our tree pruning and tree cutting services to a high standard in all aspects, including safety. Tree surgery and crown reduction often requires working at height, and we follow a strict protocol for carrying out such tasks. We also ensure that during tree felling and tree removal operations, the safety of buildings and the public is considered. The safety and health of the trees in your property is also considered, and we will do our utmost to ensure that trees do not suffer or become infected after crown thinning or branch lopping. We also carry out emergency tree care services, such as garden clearance and tidying up broken branches after violent storms.

Primus Tree Surgeons is proud to provide homes and businesses throughout London with the following tree care services:

  • tree pollarding
  • stump grinding
  • general tree pruning
  • crown thinning and crown reduction
  • hedge trimming
  • tree shaping
  • tree removal
  • tree felling
  • tree reduction

Even if you don’t know your espaliers from pleached limes, or have trouble telling the difference between a birch and a beech, the knowledgeable and experienced tree surgeons from Primus Tree Surgeons do, and we will be more than pleased to add you to our list of happy customers throughout London.

Your Tree Surgery Questions Answered

Q: What is the difference between a tree surgeon and an arborist?

A: An arborist can diagnose what’s wrong with a tree and can identify what needs to be done to fix the problem. A tree surgeon, on the other hand, takes care of the problem by lopping branches, thinning tree crowns, pruning branches, etc. An experienced tree surgeon will usually have a fair amount of arboriculture knowledge as well.

Q: How much does it cost to have a tree trimmed?

A: How long is a piece of string? The cost of getting a tree trimmed will depend on what sort of tree it is – carrying out bay tree surgery involves a much smaller plant and will take less time and effort than oak tree surgery, which involves a much larger tree. At Primus Tree Surgeons, we do our best to ensure we charge a fair price for tree trimming, whether we’re dealing with commercial clients or domestic customers. The best way to find out would be to get in touch with our tree care company and let us know exactly what you need and we’ll give you a quote.

Q: How much does it cost to fell a tree?

A: As is the case with any tree care procedure, nature is unpredictable and there are so many variables involved. The cost of felling a tree will vary depending on where the tree is located, what’s around it, how big the tree is, how bushy or branchy it is, and whether or not you wish to keep the wood from the tree after it’s been felled, either for firewood or for crafts. The cost of removing tree branches varies very widely and often depends on the weight of the wood, leaves and sap. Again, our advice is that you contact us and explain what you need, and we can give you a quote for your tree felling job.

Of course, if you have any further questions about Primus Tree Surgeons’s London tree surgery services, please get in touch with us to find out more details. You can also contact us to book in one of our knowledgeable arborists and tree surgeons (we do both) to care for your trees.