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What Happens to Your Trees in Winter?

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It’s common knowledge that during the winter months, trees become barer. What many people don’t know, however, is how trees are able to stay alive in the bitter cold and are in fact dormant, not dead.

Trees go through a process called dormancy which is similar to hibernation in animals and this is how they are able to stay alive.

What is Dormancy?

This is a period in the tree’s life cycle when its growth and development stop temporarily. The tree’s metabolism slows down significantly which in turn helps the tree to conserve more energy over the colder winter months.

The first part of this process is when the tree begins to lose its leaves. This is due to the tree not making food in the winter, so it no longer has any use for the leaves that would require energy to maintain. The dropping of leaves means deciduous trees can cope better with high winds and heavy snowfall because, without the leaves to act as big sail in the wind, the tree branches can bend and flex, hopefully without causing too much damage to them and the snow has a smaller area to land on.

Trees know when to start dormancy as they are sensitive to changes in environmental conditions such as a drop in temperature and a decrease in the amount of daylight they receive which are the two main factors that determine when a tree will rest for the winter.

Why is Winter a Good Time for Tree Maintenance?

Arborists are able to more easily access your trees with their tree care equipment when the ground surrounding your tree is frozen. Also, pruning deciduous trees in the winter promotes fast regrowth in the spring and decreases the chances for some tree diseases to spread. Pruning branches will leave your trees with open wounds that could possibly be a target for infections but as they conserve their energy in the winter, they have more energy available to concentrate on healing these wounds.

With deciduous trees, it’s also easier to identify any issues with the tree after the leaves have fallen. You’re more easily able to spot any branches that are diseased, dying or dead which means you will be more efficient with your pruning.

If you would like some tips or would like us to come and do the tree pruning then contact us on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320.

How Can You Prepare Your Trees for Winter?

There are a few different ways you can prepare your trees for the cold to ensure they remain as healthy as possible. The first is to prune, as mentioned above, to give them a healthy start to winter.

Repeated freezing and thawing can cause the soil to expand and contract which can cause damage to the roots and pull saplings out of the ground. To counter this, make sure to try and maintain a more constant soil temperature by adding around 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the base of your tree at the end of autumn or the beginning of winter. This insulates the roots and significantly slows down any loss of moisture.

Make sure that you water your trees well before winter begins as the water acts as an insulator. Also, the moist soil tends to stay warmer than dry soil, so this can help to protect roots too.

You can find more methods on protecting your trees in the winter on the Royal Horticultural Society website here.

Get in Touch

If you need more advice on how best to protect your trees in the winter or what we can do to help then get in touch with our team on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320.

How Can You Prevent Damage to Your Tree Roots?

nature forest moss leaves roots

One of the most commonly asked questions regarding trees is how to prevent your tree’s roots being damaged and what is the best way to manage them. Below are some of the most common tips we give to tree-owners on how to care for the roots and surrounding grounds.

Plan Before You Plant

Trees are tough plants and their roots fight back against man-made obstacles surrounding them. In urban areas, tree roots are often forced to grow between buildings and under driveways and pavements. As they grow, the tree roots can potentially cause damage to properties by breaking walls and pipes so when planting trees, it’s best to keep in mind that depending on how tall the tree will grow, the further away from any buildings or pavements it needs to be. Medium to large trees should ideally be planted at least 10 feet from any buildings or other structures.

  • Small trees can reach 20 feet at maturity.
  • Medium trees can reach between 20 to 40 feet at maturity.
  • Large trees are 40+ feet at maturity.

Trees should be planted at least 2 feet away from any structures regardless of how big the tree will grow. However, to minimise damage to any structures then trees should be allowed at least 8 feet to grow.

How to Fix the Problem?

Some people deal with intrusive tree roots by grinding them down or removing them but this can be expensive and cause serious lasting damage to the tree. If you injure a tree’s roots then it creates a point of entry for bacteria, leaving it vulnerable to diseases.

Also, if you cut the major roots of a tree then it vastly reduces the tree’s ability to take in water nutrients, making it more susceptible to drought. Removing these roots also weakens the tree’s structural support meaning that it is more likely to pose a risk of falling over in high winds. So, if you are planning on dealing with a tree that’s causing you problems then just keep these tips in mind:

  • Avoid cutting any roots that are over 2 inches in diameter
  • Remember roots recover a lot better from being severed when you cut them cleanly with a saw, mulch and water them after pruning, then fertilise them in Spring

How Can You Avoid Damaging Your Tree When Planting?

Make sure you’re planting your trees at good enough depths as you’ll find that surface roots are extremely common in trees that weren’t planted deep enough, which are obviously not healthy for the trees or their surrounding areas.

These surface roots become even more noticeable when the trees have been planted close to a pavement or a driveway. The roots will start to lift the pavement, resulting in an uneven surface which will present a safety risk to the general public and yourselves. Surface roots are also vulnerable to potential freeze damage during the winter so make sure you avoid encouraging surface roots to rise.

If you do have a tree with surface roots, then the best way to avoid damaging them with a lawnmower or with trimmers is to lightly mulch between the roots.

Deciding What to Plant

When deciding what trees to plant, (you can use our website for ideas on types of trees that may be suitable for you) you need to consider which trees will cause minimal damage. Since the health of trees is put at risk when their roots are severed or damaged, anything you can do to reduce the damage that will be potentially be caused by your tree to surrounding areas will also benefit the tree.

In areas that are within 5 to 7 feet of a pavement or another structure, you should only plant trees that grow to a maximum height of 30 metres. You should also only plant trees that grow to a maximum height of 50 metres in areas that are within 7 to 10 feet of a pavement or structure. Also, before you plant, you should check for any overhead lines and decide where to plant accordingly so as to leave enough room for the tree to grow to maximum height.

The Telegraph have a great list of what trees are best for smaller gardens right here.

Get in Touch

If you need more advice on to how to prevent damage to your tree roots or what trees would be most suitable for you then get in touch with our team on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320.

4 Questions You Should Ask Your Tree Surgeon

4 Questions You Should Ask Your Tree Surgeon

When you are choosing a tree surgeon in the Manchester area to work with, it really pays to ask certain questions.

As experienced tree surgeons ourselves, we know what are the most popular questions that get asked and we are more than aware of what not to ask also. Finding a tree surgeon you can trust can be extremely difficult as well as time-consuming if you don’t know what you are looking for. Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd is here to offer some advice.

Check Qualifications and Credentials – What accreditations have you got?

Just like any other service or industry, tree surgeons have to have accredited and approved qualifications and accreditations before carrying out any insured work on your premises.

Here at Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd, we are both LANTRA and NPTC City & Guilds approved and qualified for your safety and quality of service. With all team members being highly skilled, experienced and trained, you can rely on our services to be safe and of exceptional quality no matter what you need from us.

NPTC – “All our qualifications are developed with industry experts and employers to ensure that they support the skills needs of today’s industry”.

Check their Experience – Have you been doing this long enough?

Here at Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd in Manchester and surrounding areas, we believe that experience tops all skills and accreditations. Although we are highly skilled and qualified, we strongly believe that our experience sets us above the rest in our area.

Using years of experience and our strong reputation in the area, we have built a strong client base of both domestic and commercial customers. All of our clients return to using our services time and time again without fail. Check out our testimonials from previous customers to see for yourself the level of service we provide.

We would like to say thank you for your assistance and also to the two young gentlemen who came and left leaving no mess, a very tidy job of work.” Mrs Lomax, Heaton Chapel

Always Check the Price – Will I get a quote?

The prices of anything is always important. You would never go ahead with a haircut for yourself without knowing the true price you will pay at the end, so why do it with tree surgery?

Our team will always quote based on our best understanding of the situation and on larger cases, we will visit the site to give an accurate quote every time. We make sure that all of our clients, both domestic and commercial, can understand the quote they are given and are given a fair price for the services they are receiving.

Get in touch today to get a quote for yourself or your business premises.

Are you really a local business?

There is nothing worse than cowboy builders claiming to work in your local area but travelling from miles away to carry out your services. Without them being truly local you cant call on them when you need them, you cant access them in an emergency and you also can’t trace them should you need to follow up on a service.

Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd are based in Stockport, Lyme Park but work all over Manchester and surrounding areas including Ashton Under Lyne, Altrincham, Bury, Chadderton, Cheadle, Rochdale and Oldham. With the ability to be where you need us at a time that suits you best, you can rely on us to be in the Manchester area all year round.

Check out the areas we cover right here and get in touch to find out more about tree surgery services in your local area.

Get in Touch

To get a free quote or to just enquire about tree surgery services we can offer, call us on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320. We are always available to take enquiries online and will get back in touch at the earliest point possible to let you know what services we can provide.

Top 5 Tree Surgery Services

Top 5 Tree Surgery Services Leaflet

Find out the top 5 tree surgery services here with our professional team in Manchester and call us to arrange anything you need.

Treework Arboricultural Services in the Manchester and surrounding areas can provide you with the necessary top tree surgery services you need to keep on top of your garden area. Whether you have domesticated trees needing attention or growth at a corporate property, you can count on our team to deliver what you need and more.

Tree Felling

When it comes to tree felling, our team are the experts. The art of tree felling is the complete downing of a tree with the removal of each section at a time. If you are wanting to totally remove a tree due to lack of space or if the tree has been damaged, then felling can often be your only option.

In order to safely remove the tree, our experts will work all year round in order to make sure your surrounding trees and properties are safe. Using the latest machinery and making sure there are no habiting animals in the tree first, we carefully remove each section of your tree at a time to take away as little or as much needed.

Get in touch for more information about Tree Felling.

Hedge Trimming

In order to keep your hedges in great condition all year round, they need to be well maintained and pruned on a regular basis. As well as keeping your hedges neat, regular maintenance will encourage your hedges for a bushy growth and to stay healthy.

If your hedges are overgrown and blocking public passages, you will need to keep on top of these in order to avoid potential complaints from the public and your local council. As well as keeping on top of your garden’s appearance

Stump Removal

If you have had a tree removed at some point or you have just moved to a new property to discover a stump still in the ground, you may need stump removal services pronto. Any stumps that are left behind when a tree is removed can be a danger to passers-by, can harbour diseases and can stunt the growth of anything in the surrounding areas.

As well as removal, our team have the machinery and experience to grind a stump away which is also environmentally friendly. It is completely up to you which service you choose, but either way, we ensure that there is no damage to surrounding growth or your landscape where possible.

Get in touch with our team to arrange stump removal in your area.

Tree Planting

Planting trees properly is so important if you are wanting to make sure your trees grow healthy and strong. Whether you are wanting to plant new trees to improve your garden’s aesthetics or if you are wanting more privacy in certain areas, getting healthy trees planted professionally is your best answer.

Trees come in various species and all have different needs when you are planting them. Choose from bare root trees, root balled trees and container growth trees with our team and make sure that you are getting the right trees for your landscape.

Site Vegetation Clearance

Take back control of your land and get site vegetation clearance you can count on. With the ability to clear valuable space, remove diseased trees and repair damaged vegetation, our team can help you create the perfect landscape you are looking for.

Put your trust in our team to create an arable land that is fit for multi-purpose use. You won’t be left with tangled roots or stumps as we remove everything leaving you with flat, usable land right away. To find out more or to get a quote in your area, call us on 0161 456 0989.

Get in Touch

Get in touch with our team to find out more about all of the above services and more. We stop at nothing to make sure your garden area, trees and growth are all cared for all year round as they should be. Call us today on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320.


Summer Tree Safety with Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd

Hedge Cutting

Now that summertime is just about here, it is about time we looked at how to take care of your garden, trees and hedges safely throughout the warmer months.

As the British sun starts to beam down, occasionally, on your garden area, your trees and growths will start to come into leaf. This is the perfect time to give your trees a health check and include with this a clean-up of dead branches and broken leaves.

Dead Branches and Leaves

Over the winter your trees will have been battered by all weathers and in most cases, there will have been a lack of nutrition and damaged branches or branches prone to splintering. If this is the case, there is a severe danger for anyone in the area and even neighbouring properties due to the risk of collapsing and falling heavy branches.

Finding these branches and broken parts of the tree is so much easier when it starts coming up to spring and summer. The easiest way to identify these broken areas is by waiting until the rest of the tree starts to sprout new growth, and those damaged areas obviously won’t.

Our team are more than capable of spotting these dead areas of your tree and safely cutting them back to avoid fallen branches and poorly maintained trees. Get in touch for tree care, pruning, maintenances and protection that you can trust.

Top Signs to Look Out For

When it comes to inspecting trees on your property, there are some tell-tale signs to look out for in regards to damaged limbs and branches. Our team are able to come out and check any damage prone trees for you on site and provide you with quotes as to what services you may need to keep these as safe as possible.

Those trees that are more than likely going to be damaged in the run-up to summer include:

  • Aged trees
  • Trees with larger canopies
  • Trees that have large foliage and a larger leaf
  • Branches that are rubbing against each other on the same tree or neighbouring trees

Summer Tree Pruning

Summer tree pruning is really all about timing and when you choose to carry out the protection and maintenance work. It is so important to make sure that whatever work you carry out doesn’t hold any stress on the trees themselves.

As summer is a great time for a tree to be at peak health and not dormant, the replenished energy that the tree has will help it recover from coppicing and pruning. Our professional surgeons are able to work carefully with your trees in order to keep them healthy all year round and give each tree the chance to grow properly without further damaging it or the surrounding growth.

Benefits of Summer Pruning

There are so many benefits to pruning your trees in the summer, and the biggest is that it just overall looks better!

As well as having the best-looking trees on your street, you can sleep easy knowing your trees are free from danger, not a hazard to the public or other trees and that your trees are growing healthily all year round.

Pruning can also give way to new growth and reduce the stress on the surrounding trees in the fight for nutrition and light. All trees are living things and need the care they deserve all year round to grow properly without damaging their surroundings, so why not get in touch and start your journey today?

Get in Touch

To find out more or to arrange a site visit for tree care, call our team today on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320.


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