Archive for Techniques

Sunny Spruce Removal

This 100+ft Spruce tree was on the Apemann site at South Barrule Plantation.

It was at risk of falling onto the zip-wire, as did its neighbour, and was marked for removal in a recent survey. It was a straightforward and fun job.

Veteran Beech Crown Reduction

IMG_1476This huge old beech tree stands in the grounds of a stately home in Douglas, and recently lost around 50% of its crown due to a fungal decay (Ganoderma australe) causing a massive branch to collapse under its own weight.

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Ash Tree Removal in Ramsey

This large Ash tree, although stable, had been subjected to soil compaction that had caused root die-back. Loss of some of the root system had lead to the tree’s decline and the formation of substantial deadwood in the crown. This tree would have never recovered, but would have continued to die back until it posed a significant hazard.

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Why topping trees is bad!

The summer is fast approaching, all of our sleepy trees are finally waking up and breathing life into 2014. Although this is not really the time of year to be carrying out any major pruning work, tree pruning is happening because this is the time of year we get back into our gardens and begin to notice what effect the trees are having on our sunlight. So, lets just point out a couple of key factors when it comes to pruning for light. Read More →