Your tree-related questions answered
Deciding whom to instruct to carry out your tree works can be daunting, after all, what do we know about the fundamentals of shrubbery? But beyond these technicalities, it is important to select a company who you have the upmost confidence in—someone who ultimately will work with you and provide a professional, stress free service. So, in the hopes of giving you a head start for finding your perfect local specialist, we asked the experts at Apex Tree Surgeons some of your most common tree-related questions.
If a tree is overshadowing a garden how can the natural light be increased?
Crown raising, tree thinning or reducing the tree’s canopy, are all effective methods to allow more light into the garden.
What rights do homeowners have when a neighbour’s tree overhangs their garden?
A homeowner is responsible for maintaining any tree or hedge that falls within their boundary, however, the owners of the tree have a duty of care to ensure that the tree is safe. If the tree is protected, an application to the Council is required.
How would I know/find out if a tree is protected?
Some councils show protected trees and conservation areas online, where others require you to contact them. As part of our service, we will investigate if your trees are protected and complete any necessary applications on your behalf.
Would you apply to the council on behalf of the client?
If we are employed to carry out the work, as part of our service, we do offer to submit the application on behalf of our client at no extra fee. Often having a professional, such as us, write the application will increase the chances of the works being accepted.
When is the best time to prune a fruit tree?
It varies depending on the type of fruit tree it is. Apple and pear trees for example are best pruned when they are dormant, anywhere between November and February, whilst plum trees are best pruned between spring and summer.
What should be done if a tree is suspected of being diseased or dying?
Seek a professional such a ourselves to inspect the tree and provide a solution. We will be able to advise on the disease and how best to resolve the situation so as to avoid further damage to other trees and plants.
How should someone go about having a tree removed?
If it is felt that tree removal is necessary then as mentioned previously the first step is finding out if the tree is protected, which we can help with. Following that, we will survey the tree and provide a free quote with our proposed resolution.
If a tree is uprooting a drive can anything be done?
Yes, root pruning can be carried out which in most cases will overcome this problem. In more extreme circumstances, tree removal can be an option.
Do you charge for quoting?
No, we carry out all of our quotations for free as part of our service. We will schedule an appointment to visit and advise on the trees in question and send a free of charge, no obligation quotation.
Why should people use you?
We’re under no illusion that tree surgery is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, but when a situation does crop up with regards to a tree or trees in yours, your neighbours or local community’s property, then we are the company to talk to.
We pride ourselves on delivering a professional, reliable and stress free service. From the original quotation right through to completion we work closely with all our clients to really understand their requirements and achieve the result they are looking for.
About Apex Tree Surgeons
Apex Tree Surgeons Ltd are your local, fully qualified and insured tree surgeons. Working across the South Coast of England they specialise in all aspects of tree surgery, including; tree and hedge trimming and removals, shaping, pruning, deadwooding, stump grinding, and soil improvement. All work is carried out and completed in a professional and competent manner to the highest Arboricultural Association standards.
Innovative Technology: The Apex GeoTech Injector
Apex Tree Surgeons Ltd are the only UK distributor of German based company Vogt. Since the launch of their new product, The GeoInjector, last summer the product has taken the industry by storm and Apex are busy combating soil decompaction, all over the country. For instance, working with councils to stimulate trees in decline, golf greens to say goodbye to waterlogged areas, schools to renew lawns rather than replace them and now, your garden.
The Apex GeoTech Injector is designed to inject high-pressure air into soil with low risk and high impact. The GeoTech Injector uses techniques that result in soil improvement, targeting both common and complex soil problems. The tool drills into the root zone where high-pressured air is then released to aerate the soil, naturally decompacting the ground. The cavities are filled with beneficial nutrients to assist tree root health and improve plant performance. Soil decompaction stimulates root growth through the improvement of soil structure allowing a greater amount of air into the soil and reactivating the natural
- Introducing a tree fertiliser such as enriched biochar in and around the tree roots will assist the trees through hot weather. The fertiliser will hold water, as well help fight pests and disease.
- There’s no better time to start watering your trees and plants to encourage good leaf and development.
- Be cautious to check that other garden fertilisers, such as weed killer, are not harmful to the surrounding trees.
- Ensure grass cuttings and debris don’t build up around the base of the tree as this can cause damage and rot to the main stem of the tree.
Contact Apex Tree Surgeons for a FREE QUOTE
t. 01202 856404 or 0800 999 9910