The LW Treecare Blog

When to prune

Pruning is probably the most common procedure carried out by tree surgeons. Trees should be regularly pruned in order to maintain their safety and aesthetics.  However, in order to cut the tree back in a way which doesn’t cause it permanent damage, there should be an understanding of how and when to prune the tree.   It may be wise in this respect to bring in a professional tree surgeon to carry out the job, otherwise, improper pruning can cause lasting damage, or may even sh

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Removing large branches

It is easiest to do this in stages using a sharp saw. Remove most of the branch first, cutting 20cm from where it joins the trunk. Then remove the remaining stub. Step One The best technique is to start with an undercut. Make a small cut from the underneath of the branch first, then cut in from the top all the way through to meet the undercut. This prevents the bark from tearing as you saw through the branch. Step Two Once you have removed the first part of the branch, remove

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What to do in Autumn

Pruning your plants can have a huge impact on how they grow next year. It keeps them healthy, vigorous and balanced and stops large varieties from taking over the garden. And autumn is the perfect time of year for trimming! Plants retreat and die back in the autumn to conserve energy over the cold months. Just a little pruning now will help shrubs and trees come back stronger – and hopefully avoid losing branches and shape when the winter gales and heavy frost set in. Pruning


Grinding away a tree stump and root crown with a Stump Grinder can be completed after the tree branches and trunk have been removed. This service can be completed on the same day as the tree removal or even years after. During the grinding process, the small wood chips and soil are processed back out into the garden. Often stumps are removed to reduce trips and falls, make lawn care easier and to increase the aesthetics of a garden. Reasons to have a stump removed; The stump

Hot weather stresses trees!

Experts says a phenomenon called “summer branch drop” has been occurring during the current spell of hot weather, and it is not entirely clear what causes it. The Arboricultural Association said it was aware of a number of reports of branches dropping off trees, an event it says is associated with prolonged hot spells. Paul Smith, a technical officer with the organisation, said: “Certainly there’s a clear relationship between the weather conditions and the frequency of summer

Tree Maintenance

Most deciduous trees are best pruned when dormant, in late autumn or winter. Don't prune in early spring, as many trees bleed sap if cut at this time of year. The exceptions to the 'deciduous tree' rule are maple, horse chestnut, birch, walnut and cherry trees which all bleed extensively, even towards the end of their dormant season, so prune these in mid-summer after new growth has matured. Conifers require little or no regular pruning except the removal of dead or diseased

What should be ENGLAND's tree?

A yew where Magna Carta is thought to have been signed, the apple tree that inspired Newton’s theory of gravity and an oak believed to have sheltered Robin Hood. Or Kett’s Oak in Norfolk, where farmer Robert Kett’s men met over five hundred years ago to lead the Norfolk Rebellion of peasants against robber barons, which was quashed and saw him executed at Norwich castle. Other history-laden trees in the running include the Ankerwycke Yew at Runnymede where King John sealed th

Fancy an energy drink? I'd prefer a birch

For just two to three weeks of the year, forests across the northern hemisphere fill with a silent burst of activity as hundreds of litres of sap rise daily up through each mature birch tree in preparation for the spring. Now companies are tapping into this, quite literally, to produce a drink hailed as the next so-called superfood, or “superdrink” – birch water. Tapping the sap There’s nothing new about birch water. A traditional drink and medicinal ingredient in parts of Ca

Tree health check up

Checking a tree's health may not only be subjective for a novice but determining the health of a tree is complicated and should be done by an expert. Still, there are things you can do that will alert you to tree health problems. Ask yourself these questions when inspecting a tree: Is the current year's growth much less than past years' growth? Although fast growth does not necessarily mean good health, a dramatic reduction in growth rate may be an indication of poor health.

Watering trees

The amount of water a tree needs depends on many factors, including the age and species of the tree, the time of year, weather and soil type. As a rule, newly planted and young trees require more frequent watering than older, well-established trees. But during extended periods of drought, all trees benefit from supplemental watering. For the first several months after planting, most of the tree's roots are still within the original root ball. Watering Newly Planted Trees For

Caring for trees in summer revisited

Summer is finally here, and while some of us may be basking in the long hot days, the lack of rainfall can be disastrous for young saplings if they are left untended. Tree planting is a worthwhile and rewarding activity, a necessity to ensure our environment is a healthy, happy place for humans and wildlife alike. But planting is just the start of the care that a young tree needs until it is mature enough to fully rely on its own resources. It is a distressing fact that many

Caring for trees in summer

The gardening spotlight traditionally turns to trees during spring and autumn. But this time of year is a great chance to see trees in their summer outfits so you can assess the eventual scale of your specimen. While you can ring the changes with bulbs, annuals and even perennials, it is crucial to choose the right tree first go: they are important features in any garden and particularly predominant in small spaces. Some arboretums include planting dates on the labels, which

Tree blooming June/July

The Tulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) are related to the genus (group of plants with common characteristics) Magnoliaceae, the Magnolias, but differ in the fact that they never have a pointed leaf, their terminal buds (formed at the end of twigs) are of a different shape and their seed vessels are closed. The original trees were found in North America and records prove that this was cultivated in Fulham, England by Bishop Compton, as far back as 1688.  Originally, the Nor

Tree Tsar

A ‘tree Tsar’ was appointed yesterday to stop local councils needlessly chopping down excessive numbers. Sir William Worsley was given the role created by Environment Secretary Michael Gove who also wants him to drive forward official plans to plant 12million trees by 2020. The total includes one million new trees in towns and cities. During his year-long term, Sir William will liaise with mayors, city leaders and other key players across local government to ‘prevent the unne

Help the cities

Planting 20 percent more trees in our megacities would double the benefits of urban forests, like pollution reduction, carbon sequestration and energy reduction, according to a study in Ecological Modelling. The authors of the study, which was carried out at Parthenope University of Naples in Italy, say city planners, residents and other stakeholders should start looking within cities for natural resources and conserve the nature in our urban areas by planting more trees. The

Trees for small gardens

Most trees reach ultimately at least 23ft (7m) tall and although most “garden trees” attain 30ft (10m) or more at maturity, there are many examples that stay smaller. Most gardens can find space for the smallest trees, under 30ft high at maturity. Here are three excellent examples: Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy’ AGM, with large heart-shaped purple leaves, offers rich autumn colour.  Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi’ AGM, with wondrous white early summer flowers followed by red dim

Whose a sucker?

You may have noticed that an odd branch has started growing from the base or the roots of your tree. It may look much like the rest of the plant, but soon it becomes apparent that this strange branch is nothing at all like the tree you planted. The leaves may look different, it may produce inferior fruit or it may be a different kind of tree all together. What is going on? Your tree has developed a sucker. What is a Plant Sucker? You are probably thinking, “What is a plant su

How good is your root?

Some facts from the 4th edition of Arboriculture (Richard Harris, James Clark and Nelda Matheny) can make it easier to predict where roots might be: Roots are opportunistic. There will be more roots when conditions are favorable. Fertile, moist, uncompacted soils will have more fibrous roots. In dry, compacted soils with no organic matter, roots are fewer but larger and able to grow further distances from the plant. Open-grown trees often have a wider root system than trees c