The LW Treecare Blog

Why Grinding?

You might be wondering why you should even bother removing a tree stump? There are a few reasons why getting rid of the old wood is beneficial for your yard and garden. The most obvious reason is aesthetics. An ugly stump can detract from the beauty of your garden, so getting rid of it will enhance your landscaping. Secondly, if the stump is in the middle of your garden or is in the way of installing a walkway, driveway or patio, or otherwise making a space unusable, getting

Pruning trees; why it's best left to experts

Because each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. Common reasons for pruning are to remove dead branches, to improve form, and to reduce risk. Trees may also be pruned to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below. In most cases, mature trees are pruned as corrective or preventive measures. Routine thinning does not necessarily improve the health of a tree. Tre

Benefits of garden trees

From Gordale Many of us plant trees for their structural and ornamental value in our gardens but planting a tree can have much wider benefits to the environment. Improving the air we breath – leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particulates. Rain then washes the pollutants to the ground. Leaves absorb carbon dioxide from the air to form carbohydrates that are used in the plant’s structure and function. Providing a home for wildlife – birds, insects and

Lightning and trees

Lightning usually runs along the inner bark of the tree down to the ground, causing the outer bark to expand and blow away in strips. Sometimes, you’ll find that a tree ‘jumps’ when struck by lightning; this occurs when the trunk or several branches split off and fall to the ground due to vehement expansion. In other words, unless you want to deal with the entire weight of an exploding tree, don’t stand under one during a lightning storm! If it’s raining and the outside of th

ASH DISEASE

Ash dieback, also known as Chalara dieback of ash, is a serious disease that is killing ash across Europe. Ash is a very important tree in the UK both ecologically and culturally so this disease is causing great concern about the damage it will do. What is ash dieback? Ash dieback affects ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) and is caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (previously known by the names Chalara fraxinea and Hymenoschyphus pseudoalbidus). It blocks the water tran

Attract the birds

By Melisa Mayntz Planting the right trees for birds as part of a bird-friendly landscape will help attract a wide variety of species to your backyard. Trees are an essential part of bird landscaping, and the right trees can meet all of birds' needs for food, water, shelterand nesting sites. How Trees Help Birds Trees are critical for birds in many ways, and they meet all birds' basic needs for survival. Food: Trees provide sap, buds, nuts and fruit for birds, as well as hosti

It's a j oak? Trees talk to each other!

German woodland expert Peter Wohlleben has claimed that trees have personalities and can actually talk to each other. Peter says the trees communicate using their roots and that they form an underground 'woodwide web'. They can do more than just talk though, he has suggested that trees can send signals to warn each other if they are attacked by disease and to cut down on water if it's running low. He even says that trees can recognise family members, and the 'mother' tree kno

Willowy Willow

Willow is a fast growing, flexible material which is perfect for creating a variety of different structures, either living or non-living, that can provide unusual focal points or practical areas in any open space. There are many species of willow available, some with slender stems, in a variety of colours, used for intricate weaving & basketmaking, while others provide long, thick stems suitable for heavy weaving & outdoor living structures. #LWTreecare.#treecare.#canterbury.

Let's do it urban!

Trees in urban areas can have multiple benefits related to aesthetics, microclimate regulation and urban hydrology. Trees in urban areas can also be important biodiversity refuges and can contribute to reducing particulate air pollution. Trees intercept precipitation, reducing the amount of rainfall which must be processed by sewers and other water transporting infrastructure. The area around urban trees may also have greater infiltration capacity than the impermeable surface

SEX?

Some trees have a single "gender" but many do not. The way to tell is to see if the male (pollen) parts are present on separate flowers on different trees from the "female" (ovary - ie, infant fruit) parts. Also, you should be aware that issues with pollination may not always be related to needing both "male" and "female" trees around - sometimes a tree has what is called a "perfect" flower (with both male and female parts) but because the pollen from the male portion does no

How to get the best bush

Most trees and shrubs have potential to make hedges. Hedging plants are often supplied as bare-root specimens, which are usually inexpensive. However, pot-grown plants are equally suitable but cost a little more. Evergreens, especially, are often sold as root-wrapped, where the roots are in a soil ball contained by a fabric casing. This wrapping must be removed, if it is of synthetic fibre, but natural fibre wrappings are sometimes left on. Removal of wrapping is still recomm

Horse Chestnut (can nuts help nuts!)

Horse chestnut trees are grown worldwide. Historically, horse chestnut seed extract was used for joint pain, bladder and gastrointestinal problems, fever, and leg cramps. Today, people use horse chestnut extract as a dietary supplement for chronic venous insufficiency (when the veins of the lower leg are unable to send blood back toward the heart), haemorrhoids, and swelling after surgery. Preparations made from the tree’s bark are applied to skin sores. Usable parts of the p

All in a day's work!

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Fancy coppicing today!

Coppicing comes from the French word ‘couper’ meaning to cut.  It involves cutting a tree at as low a level as possible to create what is known as a coppice stool.  From the stool, multiple stems will re-shoot and these are then re-cut on a cycle lasting a few years for trees such as willow to much longer periods of time for slow growing trees (maybe 25 years).   The effective result is to create a shrubby tree with many branches. Stems reshooting from the base of a cut stump

The sap is rising!

What is tree sap? Xylem sap consists primarily of water, along with hormones, minerals, and nutrients. Phloem sap consists primarily of water, in addition to sugar, hormones, and mineral elements dissolved within it. Tree sap flows through sapwood, which produces carbon dioxide. Sometimes this carbon dioxide causes pressure to build up within the tree. If there are any wounds or openings, this pressure will eventually force the tree sap to ooze from the tree. Oozing tree sap

Does your stump still have a root!?

After cutting down a tree, you might find that the tree stump keeps sprouting each spring. The only way to stop the sprouts is to kill the stump. You have two options when it comes to getting rid of tree stumps and roots: grinding or chemically killing the stump. Grinding usually kills the stump on the first try if it’s done properly. Killing the stump chemically may take several tries. Stump grinding is the way to go. LWTreecare Ltd can perform this chore for you too, and i

TWIGGY

Branch is the part that grows out from the trunk. A branch becomes a stick the moment it is no longer part of the tree. Twig is a slender woody shoot growing from a branch or stem of a tree or shrub. A twig is smaller than a branch because a twig is found on a branch. Log is part of the trunk or a large branch of a tree that has fallen or been cut off. If the branch is trimmed and cut up for firewood, it can be called a log if it's big enough in diameter. #LWTreecare.#treecar

TREEMENDOUS

Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter. Not only are trees essential for life, but as the longest living species on earth, they give us a link between the past, present and future. It’s critical that woodlands, rainforests and trees in urban settings, such as parks, are preserved and sustainably managed acros

Birch it

Birch has a multitude of historical uses but is less familiar for its undoubted medicinal properties. The sap makes a clear and refreshing drink that can be preserved as a wine, beer, or spirit. The leaves produce a pleasant tea and an infused oil. In each form, birch is an excellent tonic and detoxifier, mainly working on the urinary system to remove waste products, as in kidney or bladder stone, gravel, gout, and rheumatism. It reduces fluid retention and swellings, and cle

You must be barking!

HOW TO USE The best time to apply decorative bark is when the soil is thoroughly moist. Most often this is in late winter or early spring, but bark can be applied at any time of year so long as the soil is moist.  A minimum layer should be 5cm (2in) thick, so that it reduces unnecessary evaporation from the soil surface.  You'll need a pair of scissors to open the top of the bag, once opened you can either tip the bag up and pour on to the designated area, or use a trowel to