Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Can I remove a tree next to my house?
A: You must obtain approval from your local council prior to removing any tree(s) from your property. Failing to do so can incur substantial fines. The rules regarding tree removal differ from council to council, but Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and Local Environment Plans (LEPs) guide many of the decisions made.
Q: How long do tree surveys last?
A: How long does a tree survey last for? The condition of a tree can change significantly over a very short period of time, so arboricultural surveys are usually valid for 12 months. It is recommended that tree surveys are performed regularly, preferably on an annual basis.
Q: Can an arborist diagnose a tree?
A: Our arborists are experts in diagnosing and treating tree and shrub problems specific to the London area. We also have a team that specializes in providing advice and consultancy services regarding trees and hedges.
Q: Why we should not cut old trees?
A: Trees remove pollution from the air — in fact, in one year, a mature tree removes an estimated 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. This impacts the air inside your home too, with one study finding that roadside trees reduced nearby indoor air pollution by 50%.
Q: What does a stressed tree look like?
A: Less growth, off-color or smaller than normal foliage, early leaf drop, cracked bark and dying branches are all indications that a tree may be under stress.
Q: How do I know if my tree is worth money?
A: There are multiple ways to establish the value of a tree. You can estimate it yourself, e.g., using our tree value calculator. You may contact your insurance company and demand a tree appraisal. It is also possible to find a private company that specializes in tree value calculations.
Q: How long should a tree stake be left?
A: Once the tree can stand unsupported without bending or shifting in the ground, remove the stakes. This usually takes eighteen months to three years, but may be longer for semi-mature trees or ones on weak rootstocks, such as dwarf apple trees.
Q: Can a diseased tree be saved?
A: Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to save a diseased tree and this is because of several reasons. To begin with, people don’t normally recognize when a tree is diseased until there are clear signs. This means that it may be too late to start treatment. In addition, the disease spreads fast in trees.
Q: What is the best time of year to remove a tree?
A: If your tree has a less severe problem, one of the best times to remove trees is during the dormant season, between late winter and early spring. Here’s why. Dormant trees are leafless and lighter, so it’s much easier for a certified arborist to cut and handle the branches.
Q: How can I help a struggling tree?
A: If there are unhealthy areas noticeable on a tree, correctly removing the diseased sections could save a tree’s life. Be sure to get rid of the unhealthy branches to prevent the problem from spreading. Use sanitized shears, knives, or saw to remove unwanted branches. Pruning can help your tree retain its nourishment.