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LM Garden and tree care

Services we provide

Tree pruning and management

Trees are pruned for many reasons. It could be necessary to prune for health reasons to prolong the life of a tree and promote new growth or to simply manage a tree in its surrounding environment.

Crown thinning is the removal of a portion of smaller/tertiary branches, usually at the outer crown, to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure. This does not affect the overall size and shape of the tree but allows more light to pass through the branches. 

Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and/or preparing of lower branches for future removal. It is an effective method of increasing light transmission to areas closer to the tree or to enable access under the crown.

Crown reduction is the reduction in height and/or spread of the crown of a tree. It is done to make the tree more suited to its immediate environment or to reduce the effects of shading and light loss.

Tree bracing - installation of synthetic bracing to support a weak point within the trees crown. This enables the tree to be safely retained. 

Tree removal, dismantling and felling

Sometimes trees require removing. They may have outgrown their setting, inhibit construction and development or have become unsafe.

Not all trees are straight forward. They may be overhanging buildings and structures, landscaping and other sensitive areas. 

We are able to remove trees in tight confined spaces using appropriate rigging techniques to safely dismantle them in sections, avoiding any targets. 

Where trees have become unsafe, due to disease, dysfunction or storm damage and are unsafe to climb, we are qualified to use mechanical assistance such as mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) to safely deal with the task in hand. 

Our waste - We recycle 90% of all tree waste. Brushwood chipped and reused or is sent for biomass. Timber is either used for firewood or used for biomass.

Timber with a great ecological value is kept where possible, and either retained on site or transported to another location where it is used for habitat piles. 

Other services we provide

As well as tree surgery, we also offer:

Stump grinding - removal of stumps by mechanically grinding to bellow ground level to allow for landscaping and construction. 

Hedge management - hedge cutting and reductions, from annual trims to restoration. 

Site clearance - clearance of trees, vegetation and timber. 

Tree planting - we can supply and plant trees to enhance your landscape.

Tree surveys and reports - we can arrange for tree condition surveys and reports to be carried out in accordance with the current standards.

 Wood chip supply - we can supply wood chip for mulching, weed suppressant and paths. 

Habitat creation - when dealing with trees its very important to consider the wider picture. They provide habitat to hundreds of different species of wildlife. Sometimes trees can be safely retained and preserved for their wildlife value. We are able to improve the biodiversity of a site by creating habitat for such wildlife. This may even only be by installing bird and nest boxes within trees. 

Did you know there are restrictions when carrying out tree work?

Before any tree work is undertaken we follow certain procedures to ensure that the correct permission is given to carry out the work.
Trees can be either protected by Tree Preservation Orders or if they lie within a conservation area and are larger than 75mm at the base.
If a tree is protected, we, acting as an agent on the clients behalf, submit the correct application to the Local Planning Authority requesting the required works.
In most cases a decision is made within 6 weeks of submitting the application.
It is important to ensure that these checks have been made as failing to do so may result in fines or prosecution.
In certain cases of Dead or Diseased trees, a shorter notice may be given if a tree is deemed a potential health and safety hazard or threat.

Other restrictions in tree work may consist of protected wildlife covered by Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. We are very careful before any job to ensure that we are not disturbing any nesting birds, bats or protected wildlife. We also ensure that we carry out any work that could pose a threat to birds out of the nesting season. When tree work is carried out within the nesting season, comprehensive pre-work checks are carried out.

We also have connections with the local ornithological society so preservation of wildlife is very important to us.