SERVICES


TREE REMOVAL

Our team are qualified to safely and carefully remove trees from all types of situations and often in a dangerous condition. Diverse working methods and experience mean that we will have the solution to your problem tree no matter the situation. We use various methods to do this including directional felling, specialist winching operations, sectional felling and advanced rigging techniques. And depending on the situation, we can access the tree using rope access systems or a Mobile Elevation Work Platform (MEWP) better known as a cherry picker. We then chip and remove the branches and timber where required or even process the timber as firewood for our clients.

If necessary, we will obtain permission from the council if the trees are located in a Conservation Area or subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). We also manage and arrange parking suspensions, traffic management and road closures where necessary allowing our clients to rest at ease.


TREE PRUNING

Our team are qualified to undertake pruning operations to British Standard BS3998:2010 (Tree Work – Recommendations.)

The following types of pruning are available:

Crown Lifting:

This is undertaken to increase the clearance between the ground and the lower branches to either allow more light to penetrate under the tree, to clear sight lines or to allow access under the tree.

Ideally crown lifting should be restricted to less than 15% of the live crown height and leave the crown at least two thirds of the total height of the tree. Removing too much of the crown will adversely affect the health of the tree. Large diameter branches should not be removed as this can initiate trunk decay, so to prevent this we would recommend removing some selective secondary branches.

Crown Reduction:

This is the removal of the outer branches to reduce the size of the crown. This may be carried out for a variety of reasons, including to alleviate wind loadings when scaffold branches are structurally weak and to reduce branches back from buildings or roads. Ideally the tree should be left with a strong framework of healthy small diameter branches and twigs capable of producing strong leaf cover the following year. Crown reduction cuts should be as small as possible and in general not exceed 10cm diameter unless there is an overriding need to do so.

In Conservation Areas and where trees are subject to Tree Preservation Orders (TPO’s), Edinburgh Council only allow crown reductions for the reasons given above. A crown reduction to reduce shading is not accepted as a good enough reason to carry out this type of pruning as it can have a detrimental impact on the health of the tree.

Crown Thinning:

Through selective pruning we can reduce of mass of smaller branches throughout the canopy of a tree to reduce weight, wind resistance, and improve the amount of light passing through. The overall shape of the canopy should remain unchanged. This tends to be an operation that is carried out regularly to maintain the uniformity of growth within the canopy. If the objective is to lessen the overall loading on a structural branch then a crown reduction is more effective.

Dead Wooding:

The removal of limbs that are dead, or in a state of decline though damage or disease. The ongoing maintenance of trees in this fashion is important for amenity planting and areas of pedestrian and vehicle traffic to reduce risk of incident, and to maintain the appearance of trees.


STUMP REMOVAL

Once trees have been felled, it is usually desirable in a built up area to remove the remaining stumps. The reasons for removing a stump are numerous and include preventing the regrowth of certain trees species, to remove a trip hazard and to allow planting, building works or turfing.

We normally use a stump grinder which cuts the stump down leaving just woodchip which is generally left on site to mulch down. Stumps including surface roots are generally ground down to a minimum of 15cms below ground, although underground tree roots are left in the ground. We use a variety of stump grinders that can access any site including through narrow garden gates or even be carried through your property, where no other suitable access exists.  At the other end of the scale, we use a tracked machine that can quickly and efficiently grind numerous stumps in a short space of time.

Where entire roots balls need to be removed, particularly if dealing with a windblown tree stump, we often use an excavator to remove the tree stump and level out the site. This can include bringing in topsoil and removing the root ball from site.

Most underground services should be at least 15cms below the ground, although we ask all our customers to accurately mark or expose any nearby services prior to the commencement of works.


TREE BRACING AND CABLING

Once trees have been felled, it is usually desirable in a built up area to remove the remaining stumps. The reasons for removing a stump are numerous and include preventing the regrowth of certain trees species, to remove a trip hazard and to allow planting, building works or turfing.

We normally use a stump grinder which cuts the stump down leaving just woodchip which is generally left on site to mulch down. Stumps including surface roots are generally ground down to a minimum of 15cms below ground, although underground tree roots are left in the ground. We use a variety of stump grinders that can access any site including through narrow garden gates or even be carried through your property, where no other suitable access exists.  At the other end of the scale, we use a tracked machine that can quickly and efficiently grind numerous stumps in a short space of time.

Where entire roots balls need to be removed, particularly if dealing with a windblown tree stump, we often use an excavator to remove the tree stump and level out the site. This can include bringing in topsoil and removing the root ball from site.

Most underground services should be at least 15cms below the ground, although we ask all our customers to accurately mark or expose any nearby services prior to the commencement of works.


SITE CLEARANCE

The clearance of vegetation on sites intended for building or other amenity areas that have become overgrown. Trees and shrubs can be chipped on site for mulch, or removed. Stumps can also be removed for the laying of foundations for building work.


TREE AND HEDGE PLANTING/HEDGE MAINTENENCE

Planting of amenity trees and hedges to improve habitat and provide natural screening and shade for a variety of purposes. From beech to hawthorn hedging plants, to more established oak and Scots pine trees, which can be planted with or without weed abatement measures and tubes and stakes to protect against voles, rabbits, hares and deer. Expert advice on upkeep and aftercare is also available.

The improvement and maintenance of existing hedgerows, we are able to advise on improving habitat, screening, durability and biodiversity using various hedging species. Reductions in height and mass, as well as filling in of damaged or missing sections of hedgerow are also services offered.


ROADSIDE TREES

An area of particular specialisation, we are able to advise on the upkeep, management and removal of roadside trees using a wide variety of techniques and equipment to manage dangerous, diseased, overcrowded trees and trees that represent a liability, with an emphasis on safety and protecting valuable assets such as overhead cables, delicate environments, and of course the road surface and passing traffic. Traffic management can be arranged, with all necessary arrangements being taken care of in-house, to meet your required specifications, and to reduce the burden on the client.


WOODLAND WORK


TIMBER EXTRACTION