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Chard Tree Care and Tree Surgery

Chard Tree Surgeons (TA20): We all like to look at trees, and having trees in our garden is an added bonus for providing a home for birds and wildlife, for adding beauty and colour and for offering pleasant shade on hot summers days. But there are several drawbacks; trees can become diseased and unstable, trees can easily get damaged by storms and wind or trees can become too huge for our gardens in Chard. If you are having concerns about your trees in Chard, the person to contact is a tree surgeon.

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Who you going to call? A tree surgeon! - Tree surgeons provide an important service in the maintenance and general care of trees for an array of customers in Chard - both residential and commercial. A professional tree surgeon in Chard may be able to provide the safe planting of trees, inspections and hazard assessments, the pruning of weakened, intruding or dead branches, tree felling, as well as general tree maintenance, to mention but a few examples.

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However, a tree surgeon's work certainly does not finish with trees alone. Additional responsibilities of a tree surgeon in Chard may include hedge maintenance, pruning and care and stump removal. The best tradesperson to contact if you've any concerns about the structural integrity of a tree is a tree surgeon, because they'll be in a position to assess your tree, prepare a report on likely dangers, and give guidance on ways to proceed.

This is unquestionably something that must only be tackled by a specialist, because tree surgery is an exceptionally dangerous undertaking. Even though bypassing the costs and going for a do-it-yourself approach might seem tempting, this would definitely not be a wise decision by any stretch of the imagination. To undertake the work they are required to do, tree surgeons have to be qualified, experienced and physically fit.

Tree surgery and care often involves the use of dangerous chainsaws and power tools while elevated in the air and harnessed to a tree. Novices beware - this is most certainly not a task for you! Tree surgery work is also generally conducted by a team of skilled tree surgeons, including a ground crew and climbers, who are all specialists in the field. It is nigh on impossible for any untrained individual to rival this level of competence, risk assessment and experience to carry out the work.

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Upon establishing that you require the expertise of a tree surgeon in Chard, the first step is to identify a decent one that can be trusted. But, how can you accomplish this? Well, exploring things such as experience, qualifications and cost should set you on the right road. Next we will go over a few things to look for when hiring a tree surgeon in Chard.

For starters, you'll want to ensure that they've got the necessary qualifications to dispel any doubts that they are correctly trained and competent. The main governing body that issues certifications to tree surgeons is the National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC). Any tree surgeon in Chard should hold the following qualifications as a minimum requirement:

  • NPTC 203 (CS31) - Fell and process small trees.
  • NPTC 201/202 (CS30) - Chainsaw crosscutting and maintenance.
  • NPTC 308 (CS39) - Aerial cutting of trees using free-fall techniques.
  • NPTC 206/306 (CS38) - Tree climbing and aerial tree rescue.

As holding such certifications demonstrates that they've completed the correct training, it is well worth finding a tree surgeon in Chard who has them, although this isn't currently a legal obligation. Holding these qualifications should provide you with the peace of mind that the work will be done in a safe and successful way. Since there's constantly a risk of falling from height, and a chance of life threatening injuries, it's crucial that arborists, forestry workers and tree surgeons carry a comprehensive First Aid kit, and undergo some training in First Aid techniques.

Next, check the breakdown of costs and ask 2 or 3 tree surgeons in Chard to get different price quotes for the work. One important thing to keep an eye out for is if the quote includes the the removal of the large amounts of waste frequently generated by tree surgery, sometimes it does not! If possible, it is definitely better to get the tree surgeons to remove and dispose of this waste themselves, because it can be hugely inconvenient and costly if it is left for you to do.

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Also, be prepared to ask prospective tree surgeons loads of key questions when you come face to face with them. You will, for example, need to know who is going to be doing the work, and who will be coming onto your property. Will it be just one tree surgeon or a whole crew of people? Is meeting them before work begins a possibility? What tree surgery or removal techniques will be used? Will there be any impact of my home or next door neighbours? Exactly how long is the task going to take?

To avoid any nasty surprises further down the road, ask lots of questions.

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Also, pay attention to how your tree surgeon speaks and what they say. Pay particular attention to the ways in which they describe the tree surgery work they are going to carry out, since this can give you clues about their level of knowledge and experience. If your 'tree surgeon' mentions 'lopping and topping', this is likely to be someone to stay clear of, because this sort of expression is more associated with cowboys and rogue traders, who know very little about modern approaches to tree surgery. The correct terminology should be used by a capable, experienced and professional tree surgeon in Chard, who will talk about 'crown reduction', 'crown lifting', 'crown thinning', 'pruning' and 'pollarding'. Whilst this alone shouldn't be taken as proof of ability, in terms of the experience of your tree surgeon, it can be a valuable clue.

To sum up, when you're looking at tree surgery or tree maintenance in Chard, it is always worth considering a variety of different tree surgeons for your needs. This should help you in finding the best person for the task, and one who'll ensure all your needs are fully catered to in a pre-agreed timescale, and with safe practices at the forefront of their mind.

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Dutch Elm Disease

Although Dutch Elm Disease (Ophiostoma novo-ulmi) is not quite the concern that it once was, during the past 50 yrs or so it has killed off millions of elm trees throughout the British Isles. Unintentionally introduced into the UK, by means of elm logs imported from Canada in the late 1960s, Dutch Elm Disease is caused by the fungus Ophiostoma novo-ulmi which is spread by the elm bark beetle (Scolytus).

After arriving in Britain, it was rapidly spread through the movement of elm products such as mulching bark, saplings, elm crates, and firewood logs with the bark on. DED didn't just affect the UK, but also ravaged elm stocks in continental Europe, North America and New Zealand, it is believed to have originated in Asia.

The signs of DED normally first appear in early summer, and manifest themselves as:

  • Dark spots or rings in the cross-section of twigs.
  • Clusters of leaves turning yellow and wilting.
  • Twigs turning into a "shepherd's crook".
  • Affected shoots dying back from the tips.

The chopping down of dead, dying and infected trees, has essentially eradicated the favourite habitat of the beetle, and over the last few years the spread of this disease has been dramatically slowed. There's currently a continuing project for the propagation of young saplings that are resistant to DED.

You can ask for a diagnosis from the THDAS (Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service), or you can get in touch with your neighbourhood tree surgeon for help and advice, if you happen to have elm trees in your garden in Chard, and suspect that they might be affected by Dutch Elm Disease.

Woodland Clearance Chard

Woodland Clearance Chard (TA20)

The clearance of woodlands in the Chard area must only be carried out after any regulatory measures and restrictions have been put in place and followed. Hiring the skills of a professional Chard tree surgeon for your woodland clearance project, will see them applying for any relevant permits, following applicable covenants and protection orders, and using eco-friendly methods for clearing the area.

A decent tree surgeon will determine if there are any ecological constraints, felling restrictions or special planning permissions by carrying out a full site survey and having discussions with the local council. Mitigation strategies might need to be used if there is protected vegetation or animal species in the area; this could require the relocation of creatures such as bats or reptiles, and the replanting of rare trees to a different protected site.

The expensive and specialist felling, mulching and chipping equipment used in woodland clearances means that it's much more efficient and cost effective to bring in a certified tree surgeon to carry out the project.

Emergency Tree Surgery Chard

There might be some situations where you have to call a tree surgeon in an emergency, if you have trees in your Chard garden. When the conditions are stormy and windy in Chard, local tree surgeons normally expect to see an increase in emergency call outs, and fortunately some of them offer a 24 hour service for this very reason. The risk of damage or injury is greater during stormy weather, with branches snapping off and plunging to the ground below, and occasionally even entire trees collapsing. Falling branches and tree limbs can lead to splintered sheds, damaged fences, busted garden furniture and smashed greenhouses, so instead of having to cope with the aftermath of such events, avoidance is the most important thing.

There's also a need for emergency tree care services by the local authorities in the Chard area, when railway lines, public pavements and roads get obstructed by fallen branches and trees.

Even when the emergency work has been done, a tree which has lost branches might need to be "re-balanced", and this could be carried out for aesthetic reasons or because the tree now looks uneven, with more weight on one side than the other, quite possibly resulting in further problems. To deal with all these various issues, you must phone a local tree surgeon in Chard who provides emergency 24/7 services. You should also be able to get emergency tree services in Chardstock, South Chard, Forton, Tatworth, Hornsbury, Chaffcombe, Burridge, Wadeford, Avishays, Whitestaunton, Furnham, Cricket St Thomas, Crimchard, Wambrook, Winsham, Higher Wambrook, and and of course Chard.

Wood Chipping Chard

Wood Chipping Chard

Most Chard tree surgeons will use wood chipping machines to break down the smaller tree limbs and branches that are generated by their work. These awesome wood chipping machines can gobble up as much as forty tonnes of material every hour, depending on what equipment is being used, although the most commonly used machines will process nearer to five tonnes every hour.

Together with providing a useful material that can be put to a number of uses including; weed prevention, mushroom cultivation, garden walkways, landscaping, ecosystem restoration, wood pulp, biomass fuel and woody mulch, chopping down the tree limbs in this way makes them a lot easier to transport.

Typically, Chard tree surgeons will take away all the wood chippings that result from your tree surgery project, except when you want them for one of the above uses, when they will generally be glad to let you have some or all of them. Tree surgeons are an excellent source for wood chips that you can use for various purposes throughout your garden, even if you don't need any tree surgery work doing on your property in Chard. If you need a load of wood chips to be delivered then some tree surgeons will charge you for this, otherwise many will let you take them without cost.

Companies such as Forest Master, Timberwolf, T-Mech and Crytec, make some of the most popular wood chipping machines that are used in the United Kingdom. (Tags: Wood Chipping Services Chard, Wood Chipping Equipment Chard, Wood Chipping Chard, Wood Chips Chard).

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

An international, non-profit organisation with its headquarters in Georgia, USA, the International Society of Arboriculture is normally referred to as the ISA. Cultivating the professional practice of arboriculture, the ISA is a membership association serving the tree care industry all around the globe.

Promoting best practices in tree care, and focusing on research, education and technology, the ISA provides educational events, services and publications fully develop the arboricultural expertise, knowledge and skills of those in the tree care industry.

After signing a partnership agreement with them the AA (Arboricultural Association) became an associate organisation of the International Society of Arboriculture in 2016. Offering additional opportunities for ISA members in the UK and Ireland, this also strengthened the relationship between the two. UK tree care professionals having either ISA or AA membership can now enjoy the wide and diverse benefits of being an integral part of a global network. The ISA now has associate organisations and professional affiliates in Asia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and now has a global membership of over 22,000.

Crown Thinning Chard

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If you want to enable more light to pass through, to prevent the tree from uprooting when it's windy, to reduce the weight of the crown of the tree, to help reduce the wind resistance of the tree or to reduce the stress put on certain branches because of gravity, wind, snow, or ice, a number of of the little branches that grow on the outer crown of a broad leafed (Rather than conifer) tree are clipped in a technique that's termed crown thinning. The overall shape and dimensions of your tree aren't altered by this, and it's likely that it will need to be done on a regular schedule, as shoots continue to grow. A uniform foliage thickness encompassing consistently distributed branches should be the tree surgeon's aim when carrying out crown thinning, it shouldn't change the overall size and structure of the tree. (Tags: Crown Thin Chard, Tree Crown Thinning Chard, Crown Thinning Chard)

A Tree Surgeons's Day to Day Tasks

  • Be adept with power tools and equipment.
  • Work with clients and complete admin tasks.
  • Tree planting and transplanting.
  • Establish hazards presented by trees.
  • Prepare tree survey reports for domestic and commercial customers.
  • Climb trees to remove or prune branches as required.
  • Clean up work area on completion and remove waste from customer's site.
  • Chip and cut logs and branches.
  • Fell and remove trees and grind stumps.
  • Assess the health of trees and create plan of action.
  • Maintain and service equipment like chainsaws and chippers.
  • Create on-site or telephone price quotes with the clients.

Logs/Firewood Chard

Firewood Logs Chard

When you're looking for logs and firewood in Chard, it is always worth contacting your local tree surgeon, because they are often an excellent source for this. As tree surgeons spend most of their life chopping down branches and trees, I suppose this is hardly surprising.

Some Chard tree surgeons will charge you for chopped and seasoned logs which have been dried out and are ready for burning, while others might be prepared to give you branches and logs free of charge, as they normally have lots of them to get rid of.

Logs with a moisture level of under 20% are best for burning on your open fire or log burning stove, and these will have been dried out for a year or more. Tree surgeons in Chard will mainly have supplies of hardwood logs and these are really good for a long, sustained burn which will throw out heat for many hours. If you are also able to pick up some softwood logs, these are terrific for starting a fire, and upon which you can throw your dry hardwood logs once your fire is roaring.

Ash Dieback (Hymenoscyphus Fraxineus)

A harmful fungal disease that is expected to wipe out about eighty percent of the current British ash trees, in the next few years, ash dieback was first reported in Britain in 2012, when a nursery brought in thousands of trees from Holland. Set to have an enormous impact on our countryside, ash dieback is likely to be just as catastrophic as the preceding outbreak of Dutch Elm Disease.

Trees of the Fraxinus genus are affected by this damaging disease, although it has an especially devastating effect on Fraxinus excelsior (the common ash), which is the most widespread species in the UK. Originally coming from Asia where the native Manchurian ash (Fraxinus mandshurica) and Chinese ash (Fraxinus chinensis) are more resistant to it, the fungus which causes ash dieback is called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (H. fraxineus), and it kills off the tree by blocking its water transport systems.

Now present in most regions of the UK, ash dieback (or chalara ash dieback) is dispersed by tiny spores that blow on the wind, and released from the fruiting bodies of the fungus, and can travel for tens of miles.

Ash dieback can be recognised by symptoms like:

  • New epicormic growth appearing from buds that were dormant previously.
  • Dark patches on leaves during mid to late summer.
  • Dying shoots and leaves that are visible during the summertime.
  • Leaves that wilt, turn black in colour and fall early.
  • Dark brown necrotic lesions form where limbs meet the trunk, and the inner bark under the lesions looks brownish grey.

To some degree, ash trees can fight off the infection, but they eventually succumb after repeated attacks year-on-year. There is presently no cure for chalara ash dieback, and no clear-cut procedure for stopping it spreading.

Whilst you can report instances of ash dieback to the "Tree Alert Service" provided by the Forestry Commission, it is now so commonplace right through Britain that they're only really interested in hearing about cases which are found in areas not previously affected. If you believe that you have a tree suffering from ash dieback on your property in Chard, you can still get in touch with a local tree surgeon, who will offer guidance and advice on how to proceed - ultimately the tree will need to be removed.

Air-Spading Chard

When you're concerned about the overall health of a tree, it may be down to a number of issues, but problems with a tree's root system is a commonplace trigger for such worries. Easy accessibility to the roots of your tree will be necessary for a local tree surgeon in Chard to check for soil compaction, root rot and other possible issues.

Because there's a likelihood of damaging the roots during the digging process, until recently this was difficult to achieve. To effectively break down and strip away compressed soil without causing damage to tree roots or utilities, a contemporary method which is often used is "air spading".

The soil surrounding tree roots can get compacted by building work, foot traffic or passing vehicles, and this is known to have a negative effect on the health of a tree. A tree can become "stressed" when it doesn't get enough water and nutrients, which makes it more prone to attacks by pests, diseases and insects. Also useful for solving root flare problems, air-spading can be used to remove the soil from the base of a tree which has become covered in soil, increasing the chance of root decay.

Blowing air directly into the soil at a speed of 1,200 mph, the ingenious air-spading process involves the use of an air-spading tool and an air compressor which forces air into spaces in the soil, causing it to break down rapidly, but not damaging harming the tree roots or nearby utility lines. As the compacted soil is directed away from the tree's roots by the powerful flow of air, immediate inspection can take place. The previously compact soil can then be replaced with a looser layer of wood chip mulch and fertiliser to encourage the tree to revive, and solve any problems.

Leylandii Hedge Removal

In Chard, many property owners favour the Leylandii hedge due to its fast growth and ability to offer privacy. However, they can rapidly become overgrown and burdensome to maintain. When it comes to removing a Leylandii hedge, there are a few important things to consider. The first step is to confirm that the hedge isn't safeguarded by any legal designations such as a Tree Preservation Order. When the hedge is under legal protection, you must seek the local council's approval before you can remove it. In addition, Leylandii hedges can possess deep-rooted systems, underscoring the importance of engaging a qualified tree surgeon to remove both the hedge and its roots safely. Finally, once the hedge is removed, you'll need to dispose of the waste responsibly. Overall, removing a Leylandii hedge can be a time-consuming and potentially dangerous task, so it's important to take the necessary precautions and seek professional help if needed.

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Tree Surgery Tasks Chard

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Chard tree surgeons can generally help with dead wooding, tree staking Chard, crown thinning in Chard, damage restoration, hedge cutting, tree topping in Chard, root pruning, landscaping, shielding trees from grazing animals, vegetation management, site clearance, soil terravention Chard, crown raising, commercial tree care in Chard, dead wood removal, cable bracing, drop crotching, woodland clearance in Chard, tree lightening protection, emergency tree surgery, monitoring of tree health, air spading Chard, tree maintenance in Chard, woodchipping, tree shaping in Chard, tree removal, root grinding, woodland management in Chard, repair of storm damaged trees, crown reduction, hazard assessment, decompaction Chard, pest control Chard, tree work, tree reduction and other tree surgeon services in Chard, Somerset. These are just some of the activities that are undertaken by tree surgeons. Chard professionals will keep you informed about their whole range of services.

Tree Surgeons Near Chard: Also find: Wambrook tree surgeons, Hornsbury tree surgeons, Furnham tree surgeons, Chardstock tree surgeons, Winsham tree surgeons, Cricket St Thomas tree surgeons, Wadeford tree surgeons, Crimchard tree surgeons, Tatworth tree surgeons, Forton tree surgeons, South Chard tree surgeons, Higher Wambrook tree surgeons, Avishays tree surgeons, Whitestaunton tree surgeons, Burridge tree surgeons, Chaffcombe tree surgery and more. All of these locations are serviced by tree surgeons. Chard residents and others can get price quotes by going here.

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(This tree surgeons Chard article was written on 04-03-2023)