Techniques

Our experts have undertaken extensive training and have years of broad experience enabling a skilled assessment and qualified recommendations to fit your individual requirements. Each assessment takes into account the health and location of the tree. Utilising the most suitable technique Jonathan Le Maistre Tree Surgery Ltd ensures the successful management of all your arboricultural needs.

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Dead wood removal
To ensure the healthy growth of your trees it is necessary to remove dead, dying or diseased branch wood. Such removal is even more critical when a tree could potentially impact the safety of public areas or highways.

Felling
Sometimes the complete removal of a tree is necessary. The felling technique required to remove the tree depends upon the amount of space surrounding the tree. Where there is sufficient space the tree can be removed using simple directional felling, whereby the fall of the tree is controlled using special winching techniques.

In confined spaces or where access is poor or limited, Sectional Fellingis required to safely remove the tree in sections whilst avoiding damage to surrounding trees or buildings. Our teams of highly skilled climbers and ground staff work together utilising the latest equipment in rigging and mobile cranes to ensure the safe removal of trees in confined spaces. Jonathan Le Maistre Tree Surgery Ltd is the only island based company that has a Unimog vehicle fitted with an aerial platform to enable the safe and efficient disposal of both tall and awkwardly placed trees.

Our teams have experience in the most complicated and technical of removals including those close to overhead cables.

Crown thinning
This is a pruning technique used to ensure an even density of foliage and a balanced tree structure which allows light to penetrate through the tree and reduces wind resistance.

Crown lifting
This is the process of removing the lowest branches, either to allow access under the tree, or to allow more light or improve views through the tree. There are set standards for clearance levels for pedestrians and vehicles.

Crown reduction
This practice is used when a tree has outgrown its situation or when adjacent land has a change in usage. For example, on a development site where there is a loss of space, crown reduction can be used to sustain the tree. It can also be used as an alternative to felling when structural problems occur.

Pollarding
Trees which have either grown too large for their locations or developed weaknesses that pose a safety risk, may require substantial pruning, sometimes as far back as the trunk. Whilst the results of pollarding are often decried by laymen, the practice of severe pruning can actually stimulate vigorous regrowth. Gorey common is an example of where Jonathan Le Maistre Tree Surgery Ltd employed this method to save trees which would have otherwise have been eventually condemned.

Cable bracing
Used to prevent trees from pulling apart, flexible cables are placed to balance and support outlying branches in trees suffering from balance or internal weaknesses. This technique is often employed in combination with other pruning methods.

Formative pruning
This involves working with young trees to encourage good crown formation through the removal of poorly developing branches. This method is used to ensure the tree grows in a safe manner and also for instances where clearance beneath the tree must be maintained. This method is also commonly used on new housing developments to ensure that newly planted trees grow in an appropriate relationship to their surroundings.

Stump grinding/root removal
Stumps not only look unsightly, they can also attract fungus and other diseases which cause difficulties in garden maintenance. Jonathan Le Maistre Tree Surgery Ltd has the latest stump removal equipment to quickly and easily remove the problem of stumps. The stump and associated roots are removed through the use of a grinding machine reducing the stump to easily disposable woodchips.