Benson’s Tree Surgeons are a professional and highly experienced Company covering all aspects of tree surgery to both Commercial and Domestic clients. A tree surgeon’s main objective is to maintain the natural growth and aesthetics of the tree. We will inspect and assess your tree’s health for damage and potential future hazards and advise the best course of action to take. This is free advice.
Our tree care experts specialise in the following key areas of tree surgery:
- 24hr Emergency Tree Services
- Tree Pruning and Crown Reductions
- Crown Lifting and Crown Thinning
- Crown Cleaning and Dead Wood Removal
- Tree Pollarding
- Hedge Management
- Dead and Dangerous Tree Removal
- Tree Felling / Tree Removal
- Sectional Tree Felling (in confined spaces)
- Site Clearance
- Tree Stump Removal
- Firewood and Wood Chip
24 hr Emergency Tree Services
At Benson’s Tree Surgery we are able to respond to tree related emergencies in south Lanarkshire. Emergency tree work can vary greatly, from storm related work, e.g. tree felling, through to recovering tree aesthetics after an act of vandalism. Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee a response to all emergencies but we will aim to prioritize emergency tree-work over that of our usual schedule.
To contact us about an emergency please phone directly mobile: 07841905145
Tree Pruning and Crown Reduction
Crown reduction is the reduction in height and spread of the crown (the foliage bearing portions) of the tree. Crown reduction may be used to alleviate mechanical stress on individual branches or the whole tree or make the tree more suited to its immediate environment. Crown reduction can also be used to reduce the effects of shading and light loss etc.
Crown Reduction – What does it do?
The final result should retain the main framework of the crown, and so a significant proportion of the leaf bearing structure, and leave a similar, although smaller outline, and not necessarily achieve symmetry for its own sake. Crown reduction cuts should be as small as possible and in general should not exceed 100mm diameter unless there is an over-riding need to do so. Reductions should be specified by actual measurements, where possible. A good crown reduction will leave the tree appearing perfectly natural.
Not all species are suitable for this treatment and Crown Reduction should not be confused with Lopping and Topping, an indiscriminate and harmful treatment.
Crown Thinning and Crown Lifting
Crown thinning is the removal of a small percentage of secondary and small live branches to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure. It is usually confined to broad-leaves species. Crown thinning includes crown cleaning and does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree. Common reasons for crown thinning are to allow more light to pass through the tree, reduce wind resistance or to lessen the weight of heavy branches.
Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and preparing of lower branches for future removal. Good practice dictates crown lifting should not normally include the removal of large branches growing directly from the trunk as this causes large wounds which may jeopardise the long term future of the tree. Common reasons for crown lifting are to bring more light and give access for traffic. In the UK common practice dictates clearance for vehicles is 5.2 metres (17 feet), and for pedestrians 2.5 m (8 feet).
Crown Cleaning and Dead Wooding
The removal of overcrowded, dead, diseased, broken, weakly attached branches and can include climbing plants such as Ivy.
A commonly used this term describes the removal of all branches from the trunk. Mature trees that have not been previously pollarded are generally not suitable for pollarding due to the large subsequent wounds such treatment produces. Furthermore, the long term integrity of the tree will undoubtedly be undermined. A pollarded tree usually requires regular pruning of re-growth.
During a season (Spring- October) hedges really start to take off again and need maintained. Some hedges mighty need as much as 3 cuts during this season. It is a very simple task to keep these hedges in good condition and shape. If for what ever reason a hedge is left to long between cuts it can be difficult to bring the hedge back to its original shape or size.
Dead and Dangerous Tree Removal
Trees die for many reasons, whether through old age, disease or structural failure it is important we deal with these problems as soon as possible. The more dead a tree becomes the more dangerous and difficult it is to remove.
A tree doesn’t have to be dead to become dangerous. A few things could be, a heavy lean to one side, soil conditions, disease, storm damage, hung up branches or the trees roots system has been removed on one or more sides to the tree.
Some of these problems might not be so obvious to spot so it’s best to get some one round with the right knowledge and experience to have a look. With that we can only make a rough estimate on how long a tree might have before a course of action must be taken.
Tree Felling /Tree Removal
This option is one we don’t want to use very often but in some cases it’s the best. We will remove the tree entirely leaving the stump behind. To find out more about what we can do with stumps, go to tree stump grinding.
Sectional Tree Felling (in confined spaces)
In the urban area most trees are close to buildings, phone wires, walls or even other trees, amongst other things. So in this case we climb these trees and dismantle them in smaller sections to reduce the risk of damage to the trees surroundings. In extreme cases we will use rigging equipment and approved rigging techniques to make the job as safe and efficient as possible. All equipment used is subject to a weekly inspection by staff and a 6 month inspection from an approved LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) inspector.
Benson’s Tree Surgery are happy to carry out vegetation management and tree clearance projects for both commercial clients and private projects.
Tree Stump Grinding
After a tree has been removed the only thing that’s left is the root system. The only way of getting this removed is by using a digger or a much smaller machine called a stump grinder. The stump grinder basically chips away at the old stump and breaks it down in to mulch that can either be back filled or taken away.
Firewood and Wood Chip
We sell seasoned hardwood logs in half tonne bags and we will deliver with in a 10 mile radius.
Since wood chip is our largest by product, we store it and then send it off to biomass to be burned for fuel.
Wood chip is also used in gardens to help suppress weeds and it can also be used for foot paths. We are more than happy to dump a load of wood chip off to who ever requires it free of charge. Just get in touch.