Carringtons encompass all aspects of tree surgery, jointly putting the trees health first
Whether you are seeking a complete renovation to your outdoor living space or require solutions to any aspect of your garden, Carringtons can provide a wealth of ideas, expertise and a commitment to satisfy your requirements.
Please view the questions that we are most frequently asked.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should maintenance be scheduled?
Ideally, most deciduous trees should have work carried out on them, other than felling, during their dormant period of late Autumn to early Spring, when they are not in leaf.
This time-frame coincides with avoiding the bird nesting period of April to June.
Nests are left alone until the birds are fledged.
What is Pollarding?
Pollarding Services in Essex
Pollarding is the removal of all branches back to ‘knuckles’ of an established framework. Often carried out on trees such as Willow, Poplar, Lime and Ash.
Pollarding is best started on young trees as young wood responds rapidly to wounding reducing the risk of decay. Initially the tree is grown to the desired height and branch framework.
Once pollarded it is important to continue the cycle of cutting. The weight and angle of the new branches can lead to renewed weakness, particularly where many branches are crowded together.
Although having a tree pollarded regularly may be expensive, a lapsed pollard tree may require future surgery removing larger parts of the tree at a greater height.
Branches should be cut above the previous pollarding cuts, to avoid exposing older wood, which may be at an increased risk of decay. In some cases it is preferable to leave some living branches intact or to cut above a side branch. It is important to know what each tree will respond to.
What is Crown Lifting?
Crown Lifting Services in Essex
Crown Lifting is the removal of the lower branches of the canopy and must be performed carefully to achieve a reasonable balance and symmetry.
The crown is usually lifted when branches are obstructing vehicular or pedestrian access, or on occasions to enhance a view.
Ideally carried out when the tree is young.
Whether it’s to totally remove the tree from site, or maybe to reshape the crown, depending on the extent of the damage, we will do what is best for the tree and the client, as always.
What is Crown Reduction?
Crown Reduction Services in Essex
If a tree outgrows its allocated space, then it is either removed or the crown is reduced.
Most trees will tolerate a 30% reduction of their crown, otherwise removing a higher percentage of the crown will encourage vigorous regrowth.
This operation is not suitable for all trees.
What is Stump Grinding?
Stump Grinding Services in Essex
Stump Grinding is the removal of unwanted stumps of any size that cannot be dug out
Although tree stumps can be left in the ground after felling, this can lead to problems with suckering where new shoots arise from the trunk and roots.
- Completely dead stumps won’t form suckers, but they can play host to root diseases such as honey fungus and, as such, aren’t worth leaving in and taking the risk.
- Physical removal of the stump is the best solution.
- For smaller trees the stumps can be pulled out with a winch. For leverage it is necessary to leave a good-sized stub on the stump rather than cutting it off at ground level.
- Grubbing out by hand or mini-excavator removes the majority of the root system.
Alternatively, Carringtons use stump grinders which mechanically grind out the main root plate, leaving a fine sawdust. This can be left to fill in the hole, used as a mulch in other areas of the garden or taken away.
Can you assist with Pests or Diseases?
Pest & Disease Services in Essex
At times, your plants and trees may develop problems caused by pests and/or diseases. Some may be serious, such as Honey fungus, especially in the case of trees if their root system has been affected, making them unstable and a hazard. This fungus can spread to other nearby trees and plants if left undetected. In this case, the tree would have to be removed and the stumps ground out.
Other plant problems may just be an ugly discolouration of the leaf or unsightly spots on the bark, that is completely harmless to the plant or tree, but annoying and unsightly all the same.
This area of horticulture is extremely varied, covering a wide range of pests and fungal and bacterial diseases and disorders that affect most types of plants and trees.
Man can also be included in the pests section, for a whole host of reasons.
Carringtons will endeavour to diagnose the problem and seek a suitable solution, and either advise on the best course of action to take, (if any); or carry out whatever form of control is necessary.
Health & Safety Considerations
Prior to any work being carried out, the relevant risk assessments and method statements will be prepared (available on request).
Upon arrival to carry out the required work, Nigel or one of his qualified team will prepare a site specific risk assessment in order to identify any hazards which may have occurred in the interim period from the initial visit. All personnel and the client will be informed of the work processes.
All relevant health and safety documentation will be completed, in order to protect the working personnel but also for the general public and to reduce the possibility of damage to property.
Carringtons are a registered Waste Carrier for virgin wood as well as for garden clearance materials.
The company is committed to working in harmony with the environment whether recycling green waste or avoiding disruption to birds and wildlife in their nesting seasons.
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