Tree Services in Neath Explained by South Wales Knotweed Removal & Tree Services
Tree Services in Neath is a professional service offered to home and commercial customers in and around Wales and the South West. Regardless if it’s an overgrown or dying tree in your garden, you are a commercial establishment with grounds that need to be kept looking good or you are a construction company that needs grounds cleared and trees removed prior to any development can commence then South Wales Knotweed & Tree Services can help.
Our professional services are completed by certified and skilled tree surgeons who have significant knowledge and experience in the industry. They all hold CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards and are accredited to either Lantra or City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 in chainsaw use as well as being compliant with all industry standards.
Our work conforms with the current best practices for Arboricultural works and in accordance with BS3998 (2010 ). We provide assurance to all our customers that we rigorously comply with all Health & Safety legislation at all times and we have full public liability & professional indemnity insurance, in the extremely unlikely event that it is needed.
South Wales Knotweed Removal & Tree Services in Neath
Tree Felling Services in Neath
Tree Felling is the method of making a tree fall down and it is done in a specialist and safe way when employing someone who is qualified.
Why would you fell a tree?
- The tree is decayed and branches are falling creating a hazard to people and any property surrounding it
- The tree is decayed and is producing fungi, for example, mushrooms which grow at the base of the tree trunk
- The trees branches are decaying and they are at risk of breaking and falling which can result in injury or damage to property or the wildlife around it
- The tree has died or is dying and is now unsafe for the habitat, property and people around it
- The tree needs to be removed for building and development work to start
- The tree is overshadowing and shutting out the light from a property or garden
- The tree is overgrown and is impeding the growth of the trees and plants around it
Trees need air, space, sunshine, water and food to grow. Felling an older tree will allow smaller, younger trees to grow and flourish. Younger and healthier trees absorb more nitrogen than older trees and this aids to clean an ecosystem’s air and water and this is the main reason that an older tree is typically felled. Felling older trees also make room for planting new saplings and plants.
Older trees often reach a point of overcrowding one another and in these circumstances, some need to be selectively removed. In certain cases, older trees grow so big that they hang onto neighbouring properties, over roads or public footpaths and in these circumstances they are often removed for safety purposes.
When is the most effective time to fell a tree?
If a tree is not unsafe then the most effective time to fell is in the dormant season (between late winter and early spring). Dormant trees are leafless and lighter, which, therefore, makes things easier for a tree surgeon to cut and handle the branches throughout the felling process, making it faster and safer.
South Wales Knotweed Removal & Tree Services offer a free full site survey visit to your property or land to investigate the tree you have concerns with and will advise you if the best course of action is for it to be felled or reduced. Our Tree surgeons have extensive knowledge and will only fell a tree when there is a reason for felling.
At South Wales Knotweed Removal & Tree Services we understand that one of the principal reasons for felling a tree is for safety and also cases when trees need to be cut down for aesthetic reasons or because they are blocking light in a property or garden.
You may think that the only option is to fell a tree, however, our expert tree surgeons can guide you if crown trimming or pruning would be the much better alternative for you.
There are some trees that are legally protected and you are not allowed to fell them and our expert tree surgeons will advise you on this. If you need permission from your local authority to fell a tree on your property then we will advise you on the best way to set about this and come back to carry out the professional services when the approval has been given.
When we have felled a tree we can cut the wood to the size you need so it can be used or sold for firewood, or we can use our chipper to reduce the wood leftover and remove it off-site.
Stump Grinding & Stump Removal Services
Stump Grinding is normally the last part of the process for completely removing a tree. When trees are felled you are left with a tree stump in the ground. Sometimes, this isn’t a problem however in others, the stump may need to be removed for building and construction to commence or it may be a safety or trip hazard.
If a stump is left in the ground it can cause complications further down the line and these include; root diseases and fungi for example, honey fungus.
You should also know that new shoots can grow from the stump if it is still alive after being felled.
Smaller stumps can sometimes be ground and removed by hand if you have the experience but the majority of stumps will often need specialist equipment, often a stump grinder machine to assist removal.
Dangerous or Damaged Tree Services in Neath
Trees often become dangerous after we have had severe weather; a storm or flood, or after extreme force form a vehicle driving into it as the tree’s roots will have been shifted or branches will be broken which could fall at any moment. A tree can also become dangerous if it has ongoing decay or disease, or some grow in such a way that it makes the whole tree structurally unsound.
South Wales Knotweed Removal & Tree Service Tree Surgeons will come out to assess a tree and will efficiently establish the process that needs to be followed to guarantee it is safe for passers-by, vehicles and any property around it. They may decide that the tree needs to be felled completely or they may advise that the tree is pruned to take off any dead, dangerous or broken branches that could fall at any time.
Emergency Call Out Tree Services in Neath
We offer an Emergency Professional service where we will come out to your property or land and quickly to evaluate what needs to be done, and we will execute the work needed to ensure that you, passers-by, vehicles or property are not in any danger of being harmed or damaged by a dangerous or damaged tree.
Crown Trimming Services in Neath
Tree crown trimming or crown reduction is when the branch tips are removed to a new growth point further down the branch. This process is used to remove dead, diseased and damaged branches as well as decreasing the overall size and width or height of a tree.
You should contemplate removing the lower branches of a tree when it is 2-3 years of ages which will free up sufficient space under the crown for other shrubs and plants to develop as well as ensuring there is enough headroom for people to walk under the tree. This process is called crown lifting and when doing this on older trees it should be restricted to secondary branches or just shortening primary branches to make sure that the process does not damage the growth of the tree.
More mature trees should be trimmed every 3-5 years compared to a younger tree which will need it every 2-3 years. Fruit trees should be pruned each year to stop the tree from overgrowing and encouraging the growth of fresh fruit in season.
Crown Pruning Services in Neath
Crown pruning or reduction is when selected live and deceased branches are taken off to control the growth of a tree and decrease its height or its width. The objective of pruning a tree is to remove any unwanted, overgrown or dead branches, strengthen its structure, and promote new and healthy growth.
A tree surgeon will skillfully and expertly prune a tree to promote a certain growth pattern and configuration of branches that are much better suited to the structure of the tree and its location. If you prune a tree without knowledge the tree can grow in unusual shapes and over or under grow in certain areas, so it’s always more effective to get a professional to carry this out for you as they will also do it safely.
What is the difference between Crown Trimming and Pruning?
In summary, crown trimming is used on young trees to decrease its overall growth and size as well as give enough space underneath for people to walk under it or for other trees plants and foliage to grow. Crown pruning is carried out to protect the tree or shrub to ensure perfect growth as well as removing any dead, loose or infected branches so it can flourish properly.
Hedge Trimming Tree Services in Neath
Hedge trimming or a hedge cutting service is when tall hedges or overgrown shrubs are trimmed back. New hedges need formative pruning to always keep them healthy and promote their growth for their first couple of years after they are planted and this is normally carried out in winter or early spring. After a couple of years, maintenance trimming is carried out annually. These processes stimulate the growth of new branches which makes them fuller and healthier and also and reduces the possibility of pest problems.
Hedge Shaping Tree Services in Neath
Hedge shaping services can be incorporated into both of the above but is normally accomplished when the hedge is in full season. It gives a shape to your hedge making it look aesthetically pleasing and neat.
What are the benefits of Hedge Trimming & Shaping?
- Promotes thicker and fuller growth
- Greatly improves the overall look of your garden
- Greatly improves the health of your hedge
- Prevents the spread of disease and insects
- Encourages longer stems & flowering
- Reduces the chances of the hedge from overgrowing and preventing other plants, flowers and foliage from growing around it
Garden, Ground, Site Clearance & Weeds Control Professional Service
If your garden or business property is looking neglected and overgrown we offer a garden and site cleaning service which takes away the need for you to do it yourself. Sometimes these tasks are daunting and at South Wales Knotweed we have the experience and tools to quickly and efficiently clear any garden or landscape space so you can start to landscape the area or building and construction or development work can start.
Whether you have a business premise with a garden or land then keeping it tidy and up together ensures your business appears professional and inviting to all of your customers and suppliers and we can help with this.
We carry out private work for householders and also offer our expert services for large scale building and construction contracts for property developers.
We will quickly come in and clear the area, garden or site and remove all waste before we leave giving you a blank canvass to start with.
Invasive Plant Services in Neath
As well as Japanese Knotweed, Marestail, Hogweed, Nettles, Brambles, Buddleia, Ragwort, Himalayan Balsam, Dock, Bracken, Hedge Parsley, Cow Parsley and Gorse, amongst others have colonised many gardens, public footpaths, recreational areas and brownfield sites. They are all plants which will quickly spread and take over an area and we have the experience to ensure we remove and control them for you.
We are fully equipped to treat invasive plant species or plants and are often recommended by estate agents and mortgage brokers for our site clearance professional services.
Our Garden & Tree Services Include:
- Tree felling
- Crown Trimming
- Crown Pruning
- Stump Grinding & Removal
- Dangerous or Damaged Tree Services
- Emergency Call Out Services
- General Garden Maintenance
- Reducing Branches and Foliage
- Thinning Branches and Foliage
- Hedge Trimming
- Hedge Shaping
- Sectional Dismantling
- Garden, Ground, Site Clearance
- Weed Control
- Invasive Plant Services
Since 2015 we have been providing a full professional garden and tree service in Neath and the surrounding areas. If you have a large or overgrown tree or plant in your garden or your business property, or an area of land that needs to be cleared then we can help.
We offer a free, no-obligation site assessment and one of our professional and experienced tree surgeons will advise you if a tree or plant can be cut back safely, or if it should be completely removed complying with all of the UK Tree Felling legislation.
The health, wellbeing & safety of our clients and staff is at the heart of our business and we have a strong commitment to safe working practices which are constantly evolving using our expertise as well as the industries.
We are a fully qualified Japanese Knotweed Certificated Surveyor (JKCS) and we specialise in controlling Japanese Knotweed, other invasive plants and ‘general nuisance weeds’ which are found in the UK for residential and property development sites and have all the required qualifications and accreditations as well as offering an extensive tree and garden professional service.
We follow all Health & Safety legislation at all times and have full public liability & professional indemnity insurance in place, in the unlikely event that the unforeseen happens.
Our experienced NPTC or LANTRA qualified chainsaw operators & tree surgeons who have in excess of 40 years combined within the forestry industry.
Our Qualifications Include:
- City & Guilds NPTC Level 2
- Principles of Safe Handling & Application of Pesticides (PA1/PA6).
- Principles of Safe Handling & Application of Pesticides near water (PA6AW).
- Herbicide Stem Injection.
- Property Care Association.
- The Control & Eradication of Japanese Knotweed Surveyor’s Training Course.
- Qualified Technician (PCAQT) in Japanese Knotweed.
- Accredited Surveyor in Japanese Knotweed.
- NPTC or LANTRA qualified chainsaw operators & tree surgeons.
For our services related to Japanese Knotweed and other invasive weeds, we cover South Wales (including Swansea, Cardiff and Newport), West Wales up to North Ceredigion & Powys and throughout South Glamorgan, Gwent & Tenby, Bristol, the West Country, and as far north as Shropshire and into the Midlands & Birmingham areas.