Top Tips: Looking after trees

Trees on your land are your responsibility.

  1. Take a look around once in a while to check that the trees remain healthy and aren’t causing any obvious risks to neighbours or the public. If you have any doubts, call in a specialist.
  2. In spring and summer, water any newly-planted trees regularly, especially at times of drought.
  3. It’s often best to leave your tree alone but if you must prune it, it’s best to do this when the tree is young. Making smaller cuts when young will cause less damage and can direct future growth, reducing the need for larger cuts when it is bigger.
  4. Too much pruning can stress
  5. trees, shrubs and hedges, particularly when carried out in the growing season.
    Pruning bigger trees requires experts. For your own safety and that of the tree, contact an arborist.
  6. Mulch, leaves and twigs, placed around the base of the tree, will help to condition the soil, retaining water and
    preventing weeds, as well as encouraging the development of a healthy rooting environment.
  7. If you plan to work on any tree that is covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or is in a conservation area, you will need to contact your local council to request permission, or notify them in the case of a conservation area.
    If you notice your trees causing an obstruction, i.e. roots lifting up the pavement, fallen branches, etc, contact an arborist for advice.

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Top Tips: Looking after trees

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Trees on your land are your responsibility. Take a look around once in a while to check that the trees remain healthy and aren’t causing any obvious risks to neighbours or the public. If you have any doubts, call in a specialist. In spring and summer, water any newly-planted trees regularly, especially at times of […]

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But we need to engage with stakeholders early to explain why The dispute between residents and Sheffield Council over the proposed felling of 5,000 street trees is rolling on. The tree felling is part of the council’s £2bn road improvement works, ‘Streets Ahead’, a five-year project being carried out by Amey. In the latest turn […]

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Cheshire Woodlands use of Quantified Tree Risk Assessment has proved invaluable. It has helped us to retain trees that were condemned by another advisor. They have used measurable data to provide us with a valid tree risk assessment.

Caroline Wild, Taylor Wimpey

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