Urban Tree Care - Johannesburg Services Midrand

By: Tree Care  11-11-2011



Crown Reduction:

The ends of all branches are reduced, in length, back to suitable ‘growth points’ (side branches). As a result the entire tree crown is reduced, in size and volume, whilst retaining the natural shape of the species. This procedure is usually stipulated in terms of a percentage rarely more than 25%.

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Crown Thinning:

Branches are removed from within the tree crown in order to make it uniformly less dense. The natural shape of the tree is completely unaffected but the wind resistance is reduced and more light allowed to filter through. This procedure is usually stipulated in terms of a percentage, rarely more than 30%. This is a very effective way prohibiting a tree from falling ,especially in unpredictable weather conditions

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Crown Lifting:

Increasing the gap between ground level and the crown. This is normally achieved by removing the lowest branches of the crown, to a specified height.

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Causing a tree to fall under control by carefully making a series of cuts at the base of the trunk.

Sectional Felling:

Carefully dismantling a tree in small sections. This operation is usually undertaken by making use of pulley and rope techniques as well as the structure of the tree itself for skilled branch removal.

Dead Wooding:

The removal of dead or dying branches usually for safety and aesthetics. Larger dead branches can be safely retained (in order to provide habitat for birds and insects) by reducing their length and weight.

Hedge Cutting:

Hedges of any size can be topped and trimmed to your specific dimensions.

Formative Pruning:

The formation of a healthy stem and branch framework in very young trees. Achieved by carefully selecting and removing diseased wood, congested and rubbing branches and weak branch unions. Correct formative pruning can dramatically reduce the chances of disease, structural weakness and branch failure as the tree matures.

Stump Removal:

Either by ‘grubbing out’ by hand (if the stump is small enough), employing a stump grinding machine (if the stump is large) or poisoning the stump and allowing it to slowly decay over time. All pruning cuts comply to modern arboricultural principles which limit, as much as possible, the impact of tree surgery on tree health

Veteran Tree Management:

Veteran trees are ancient specimens in the final stage of their life. Because of their old age they provide us with significant biological, aesthetic and cultural interest. The vitality of veteran trees is normally slowing and they are frequently in a dangerous condition. As a result the temptation is often to remove them.

However, with careful planning and ongoing management UTC can help you safely preserve your old trees in an attractive state. One of the most recent developments in veteran tree management, that we try and employ at UCT where possible, is the use of Natural Fracture Techniques (NFT ).NFT's are pruning cuts that mimic the jagged edges character esthetically seen on broken branches following storm damage. As well as looking more natural than conventional pruning cuts they provide wonderful habitat for a myriad of fungi, insects and birds whilst removing any structural weakness.

Tub Grinder-rental for large and industrial sites:

We recycle all wood products as part of our effort to help save the environment 

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Arborcura – Tree Surgery Specialists – High Hedge Disputes

From 1 June 2005, provided they have tried and exhausted all other avenues for resolving their hedge dispute, people will be able to take their complaint about a neighbour's evergreen hedge to their local authority – your district or borough Council. Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, which gives local authorities powers to deal with complaints about high hedges will come into operation in England on 1 June 2005.