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72 Tree Surgery questions

Tree-surgeons qualification check

Do I need to carry any licensing/qualification checks when hiring a tree-surgeon?

Is it mandatory to have them or do I just look for previous experience and references?

average prices for removing tree

What's a guide price for removing a tree either down to stump level or roots included?

shortening tall yew trees to 1.5m

I have 2 tall yew trees in my front garden, above and near telephone wires.
They take too much moisture from the ground (clay soil). If I cut them to 1.5m short
- will this reduce their moisture uptake
- will the new shoots grow from the cut top to cover it
- when is the best time in the year to do this to not kill them.

Poor tree is dying help

Please help. My beloved tree is dying ;(((( tree id deading. Please can anyone provide medical support to my tree. I THINK He needs tree anasteahsia. sorry caps lock

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.


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.

Whose responsibility is it to cut branches of a tree?

Hi, I live opposite a large house with a fence, and a large tree overhanging it, the branches of this tree are getting larger, but overhanging onto our car spaces. There are two, one behind the other - next door are my car spaces, so the tree is not overhanging into my actual car spaces. But I'm concerned as the branches are becoming bigger, and am concerned if there may be a storm etc? In the future, it also getting messy our side. Please help? I have not approached the neighbour about this yet. Regards, Cathy Parnell

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,



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.

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

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