Tree Surgery Portfolio

A problem tree for Emma in Portishead. 

This silver birch was a fair size, completely dead and needed to come down.  Problem was we had a fence below.  Very few trees in our gardens can be felled in one swoop with a cry of ‘Timber’ without causing considerable collateral damage so most trees have to be dismantled safely – section by section.

Tree Felling

Mary in Bath
This was a huge ash tree for Mary in Bath that was blotting out the light and needed to be dismantled bit by bit!

Apple & Fruit Tree Pruning



I prune Fruit Trees too..
This is an Apple, post pruning for Andy in Bath it’s a good example of how a fruit tree should look post-surgery.  I managed to get it in good overall shape.  Crossing branches have been removed and the centre is open to allow light to get in. Don’t forget – Apples and pears – prune Autumn and Winter.  Cherry and Plum are different, however.  Always prune when actively growing so May onwards – never in Winter!  Why?  Fruit trees with a stone in the fruit are susceptible to an airborne fungus called Silver Leaf which will kill it.  Leave open wounds when the tree is dormant, the fungus gets hold and the tree in its winter dormancy is unable to fight the infection.


Major Hedge Reduction

Hedge Reduction
This brute didn’t start out as a hedge.  Its John had a small garden with a Leylandi – 7m wide and just under 3 stories tall.  It was simply huge and completely blocked out any light. We had to dismantle it section by section to avoid demolishing the fences and pedestrians underneath turning it into a more manageable hedge which still afforded some privacy from the neighbours

Beth & Karls Problem Conifer Long Ashton

This Leylandii was a big beast.  Drove the clients mad with needle drop and blocking sunlight.  Being so near the house it was also a threat to the house foundations so had to go.  Trouble is a big fence and the house extension were directly below the drop zone.  Tricky.  The solution – dismantle it – bit by bit and lower safely to the ground.