6 Main RoadGrendonNorthamptonshireNN7 1JW

Professional Tree Surgeons in Northampton

Phone Number: 01933 666078

Mobile Number: 07843 982440

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our frequently asked questions about our tree services and find out more about our tree management. We answer questions about tree pruning, tree height reduction, tree pollarding and tree removal.

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Tree Pruning

Typically you want to prune deciduous trees when dormant, such as winter or late autumn. Any later and trees may start to bleed sap; this is expected from trees in early spring. 

Exceptions to this rule include chestnut, maple, walnut, cherry trees and birch - these trees should be pruned at the height of summer once newly matured due to bleeding occurring all year round, even during the end of their dormant season.

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The difference, while subtle, have their own individual purpose. Trimming is the removal of branches for healthy growth, while pruning is the removal of branches due to them being unwanted or unnecessary. 

Different equipment is utilised throughout each process - which is undergone at different times of the year. 

  • Increased growth

  • Improved health

  • Increased production of flowers and fruit

  • Further aesthetic appeal

  • Structure of the tree improved

  • Tree can be saved from damage or failure

In short, over-pruning a plant can be as detrimental or worse to a tree's health. Over pruning decreases the available foliage used to make food for the rest of the plant and provide access to pests or disease. 

As a defence mechanism, the tree may respond by inordinately sprouting due to substantial canopy loss - this is to mitigate food protection and to protect the bark from sunscald. 

Continuous pruning often leads to frail or fragile branches, too weak to withstand ice loads or wind. Other issues may include exhaustion or lowered resistance to disease, pests or pathogens. 

While over-pruning/trimming itself won't harm your tree, it could indirectly harm or even kill it.

Tree Height Reduction

While it is possible, it isn't advised. Cutting the top off a tree or 'topping' can weaken a tree and add additional stress. 

When 'topping' a tree, you are removing a large portion of the main canopy and harming the main stem; doing so can decrease the available foliage used to make food for the rest of the plant and provide access to pests or disease.

As a defence mechanism, the tree may respond by inordinately sprouting due to substantial canopy loss - this is to mitigate food protection and to protect the bark from sunscald.

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Trees often outgrow residential or urban areas, and as such, height may need to be maintained. While possible and in some circumstances required, such as with powerlines, it isn't a one-time task. 

To provide the best results, you should contact your local tree removal experts. Methods used include:

  • Growth inhibitors

  • Pruning

  • Sucker Root removal

  • Systematic herbicides

Also known as a 'crown lift' - crowning a tree is a process of pruning lower branches to raise the crown or canopy of the tree. Crown pruning is often underlooked but helps to improve benefit you, your tree and neighbouring plant life. 

Crown lifts are the easiest surgery, improve health, increase light and air to the tree itself and surrounding plants - It is highly advised you consider a crown lift before you consider cutting the tree down.

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Crowning is rarely recommended and has a bad reputation with professionals due to its harm to trees. 

While a 'crown lift' may aid your aesthetic ideals, long term, it can damage your tree, cause accidents or become costly. Upon contact with your local professionals, they will typically advise against this or offer alternatives.

Tree Felling

When working on a tree, you will typically be doing one of three operations; climbing, buckling or felling. 

Felling is the act of cutting a standing tree and landing it in the desired location. A prime example of this is when a worker may have trees dropped onto their trucks or wagons. 

Felling should not be performed on rotting or decaying trees due to the additional risk of splitting or snapping. 

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You will need permission to prune or fell a tree on your property under these circumstances:

  • The tree is covered by a tree preservation order (You will need to contact your local authority)

  • The property is rented (You will need to contact your landlord)

  • The garden is within a designated conversation area  (You will need to contact your local authority)

  • A legal covenant has protected the property

  • The tree may not be within your garden or is within a public space (You will need to contact your local authority)

  • The property is part of a recent development (Within five years)

Coppicing is a repeating process that entails cutting down roots or stems to a near ground level, creating a stool. 

This method produces rapid growth and will be repeatedly cut; this process will last for several years until the coppiced tree is harvested, and the cycle repeats itself all over.

Tree Pollarding

Pollarding is a method that once a shrub or tree reaches a certain height, will be pruned to be smaller than natural and will restrict the shrub or tree from growing past a certain height.

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Pollarding can be bad for trees, especially when done incorrectly, as animals can reach or access new growth. 

While pollarding removes parts of the crown, lateral branches and the central ladder, these parts can grow back. Many experts advise against pollarding and actively have a negative stance against it. 

Pollarding should be periodic and consistent if ever performed - this is for the trees benefit and if abruptly stopped, can lead to damage, disease or overgrowth issues.

In short, yes. Pollarding or 'tree topping' is known to be the most damaging practice for a tree in terms of pruning. 

Many organisations are actively trying to abolish pollarding and deem it as torture or mutilation. 

Many companies will advise against pollarding and will offer alternative solutions - topping is expensive, adds unnecessary stress and doesn't make the trees safer.

Pollarding should begin late winter to early spring and is performed every few years. Arborists are typically needed to oversee and perform pollarding and can be quite expensive.

Tree Removal

The tree will be removed safely, ensuring the least amount of impact to the surrounding area. Particularly large trees will have their limbs removed before felling will begin. The tree is cut safely down to the trunk, leaving you with a stump.

The tree removal process is dangerous to not only you but anything within the vicinity, so it should only be performed by a professional. Many see three stumps as unsightly and, as such, can be removed as an additional service.

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Tree Felling

£75 – £1,200 (Varies depending on height)

Tree debris disposal

£50 – £150

Crown thinning and reduction

£75 – £800

Garden clearance

£200 per person per day / £40 per hour

Hedge trimming

£40-60 per hour per person, £90-£120 (for a team of two)

Wood chipper hire

£50 – £300 per day

Tree survey from

£200 (basic), from £300 (advanced)

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  • Number of Trees

  • Size and Location

  • Illnesses and Diseases

  • Accessibility

  • Pests

  • Travelling Distance

Stump Grinding

Old stumps can become hazards or obstacles when navigating your yard and can often attract termites or other unwanted things. 

Ultimately it is down to your decision and won't affect much unless you're planning to plant a new tree as the stump can make this harder to do. It is worth noting that over time stumps will decay or begin to rot.

Stump removal is more intrusive than stump grinding and is argued to require more work to complete. While stump removal may require additional tools and time, the outcome leaves you with a clean slate, or a large hole, depending on how you look at it.

Stump grinding isn't as intensive but does require a special machine used by arborists. Grinding is more efficient and won't leave roots or a large hole. However, there is debris or wastage created from the grinding, such as chips. Luckily chips can be used as mulch for your plants.

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Grinding down a stump can take anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours, varying on factors such as location or size.

8-10 inches (20-25cm) on average 

1ft (30cm) to be safe or if you intend to landscape or replant.

Tree Planting

1. Prepare the Ground

2. Plant the Tree

3. Stake and Water

4. Upkeep and maintenance

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Trees are eco-friendly: They benefit the environment

Trees are health-friendly: Trees naturally benefit our health by trapping dust or absorbing pollutants and more

Trees benefit the economy: People invest in greenery and are attracted to it, increasing value and atmosphere

Trees benefit community: Trees provide atmosphere and character, bringing people together and allow for environments that communities thrive in

Trees aid wildlife: Trees are home to birds and many insects, provide shelter for bats or structures for bees to build hives 

Trees aid our future: Soon, more people will live in cities than out in the country, and trees will become more vital to our surroundings.   

1. Prepare the Ground

2. Plant the Tree

3. Stake and Water

4. Upkeep and maintenance

Trees are eco-friendly: They benefit the environment

Trees are health-friendly: Trees naturally benefit our health by trapping dust or absorbing pollutants and more

Trees benefit the economy: People invest in greenery and are attracted to it, increasing value and atmosphere

Trees benefit community: Trees provide atmosphere and character, bringing people together and allow for environments that communities thrive in

Trees aid wildlife: Trees are home to birds and many insects, provide shelter for bats or structures for bees to build hives 

Trees aid our future: Soon, more people will live in cities than out in the country, and trees will become more vital to our surroundings.   

When planting your tree, the hole dug will need to be two times as wide as and no deeper than the bottom of the rootball to the trunk flare.