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47 Tree Surgery questions

How high legally can pine trees be, right at the side of your house?

I live in a council house and my neighbours have 4 pine trees of which the closest is right beside the house. Don't know the height but it is as tall as the house roof. It blocks my sunlight into my kitchen which is on that side, blocks the sunlight into my daughter and sons room but also blocks the sunlight into my garden. As you can imagine the house is dull and grim. The summer time you get creepy crawlies coming in through opened windows and its gross.
What can I do? The neighbours when I have mentioned it to them have said they will trim them but personally they need a good cutting and are 2 close to the house.
Id appreciate any feedback.

pruning a conifer


We have a conifer that is up to the top of the first floor/gutter height. The tree is in good health but the diameter at the bottom is over 3 meters which is dead garden space. I would like to take the bottom 7ft of branches off to expose the garden. Is this OK or will it kill the tree?

Many thanks.

enhance tree stump rotting

I have 50 conifers that I am intending to cut down, trunks are about 12 inches across, I am happy to leave the roots in the ground to saw a mess , if cut off at ground. Is there a way to enhance the rotting process please,



laying turf

hi there i need some advice ive recently taken up my garden area ,it was covered with pebbles,underneath the pebbles was a lining to stop the weeds coming through which meant that the ground underneath was fairly flat,i hired a wacker plate and tried to level it out even more which i have done, the question im asking is can i now lay my new turf straight on this surface and will it grow ,bearing in mind it is just compacted mud thankyou hope someone can help me


How easy is it to remove tree roots. I am purchasing a property which has two tall trees in the garden, one on the front lawn quite near to the house (I think it is a large cherry tree) and one at the back of the house (looks like a silver birch) both of which have become overgrown. I am worried that the roots may be getting into the drains.

what does a statutory tree mean ? we have one on the pavement outside and council says it is a statutory tree ?

tree condition report

Please could you give an idication of the likely costs involved in obtaining a tree condition report. We have large tree subject to TPO. Need some dead branches sorting out but also concerned that one of the two main trunks is growing away from main trunk, is very heavy and overhangs a highway. Worried itmay tear away due to its own weight. Want to get advice / a tree condition report before approaching Tree Officer at council. Many thanks

When is a good time of year to prune an apple/plum tree and how far down the branch do you cut?

Thanks, for your incredibly helpful and informative answer. I always intended to get a professional in to do it along with other pruning, was just trying to coordinate it into one visit.

h=How do i kill a tree without topping it?

how do i kill a tree without topping it?

Roots of lime trees growing under foundations

I have three lime trees very close to my property (the closest is 1.4m, the furthest is 3m) and the roots are growing under my foundations. As I live in a conservation area, any questions re. the trees usually results in a TPO being applied by the local council. I would appreciate some advice on how best to get the permission to remove these trees. Clearly they can't be doing the building any good.

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