It is generally desirable to allow a tree to grow naturally both for aesthetic reasons and for the health of the tree with a non-intervention approach adopted where necessary. There are, however, times when tree trimming or pruning is required, for example, to increase light to a property or to maintain a more compact crown size.
Down to Earth will provide specialist advice to clients on the recommended extent of pruning, timing and likely effect on the tree. Our skilled tree surgeons will be able to undertake work to the highest standard and help you reach the best solutions with regard to your trees.
24 hour emergency call out
We provide a 24hr emergency call out service for commercial clients where a hazardous tree requires urgent attention, or to service commercial clients during extreme weather that has caused numerous trees to fail. We also offer domestic clients an emergency call out service for trees which are posing an immediate threat of damage or injury. As one of the largest tree contracting companies in the South East, we have a wealth of operatives trained and qualified in dealing with multiple windblown trees and emergency tree work operations, meaning we can deploy emergency crews at any time of the day or night to deal with an emergency situation or high priority tree work. In addition, our extensive fleet of industry specific equipment includes large crane trucks and high capacity woodchippers minimising the inconvenience and worry of a fallen tree for both domestic and commercial clients.
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Our tree care services include:
Reducing away from buildings
Tree dismantling in confined areas
24 hour emergency call out
Support and bracing installation
Crown lifting involves the pruning or removal of lower branches in order to increase clearance beneath the tree for pedestrians, vehicles, buildings, or to improve line-of-sight. It can also be used to increase diffuse light levels beneath the canopy. Our specialist operatives will consider the requirement for space whilst minimising the number and size of wounds produced, taking care to avoid large pruning wounds being made on the main stem where possible, which would otherwise lead to decay issues in the future.
Crown reduction pruning is often carried out to maintain or reduce a tree’s overall dimensions, usually where a tree has outgrown its available space. Some trees respond better to pruning works than others and our specialist operatives will always consider the species of the tree and its suitability for pruning before providing advice and carrying out the works sympathetically, resulting in a natural appearance while maximising the time before pruning is needed again and minimising physiological stress. Crown reductions will also decrease canopy weight and wind-sail effect, which is highly beneficial for managing a tree with a significant structural defect.
Crown thinning involves the selective removal of branches, evenly distributed throughout the canopy in order to achieve an even density of foliage, primarily to increase light levels passing through the tree as well and reducing wind-sail effect. Our specialist operatives will always consider the species of the tree and its suitability for thinning before providing advice and carrying out the works sympathetically. Crown thinning is often a good alternative to crown reduction where an improved view of access to sunlight is desired, but the tree is too large to reduce to allow light to pass over the tree, instead allowing a pleasant dappled shade to pass through it.
Reducing Away From Buildings
Similar in principle to a crown reduction, but focusing on pruning specific lateral branches either touching or within close proximity to adjacent buildings in order to prevent branches brushing against or directly damaging buildings and property. Our specialist operatives will always consider the species of the tree and its suitability for pruning before providing advice and carrying out the works sympathetically, resulting in a natural appearance while maximising the time before pruning is needed again and minimising physiological stress.