Thinning The removal of the inner branches alleviating congestion, allowing air and light to freely pass through the tree
Crown Lifting Low branches may inhibit safe passage for walking, mowing etc. Raising the crown will alleviate this
Crown Reductions A 360 prune, back to suitable growth points; usually between 20-30%
Removals A dead, dying or nuisance tree may need completely felling/dismantling
Tree Maintenance Dead wood removal, removing crossing/rubbing branches
Stump Grinding Grinding tree stumps to around 8 to 12” below ground level
Tree Preservation Order Is part off town and country planning in the United Kingdom. A TPO is made by a local Planning Authority. Usually a local council to protect specific trees or a particular area, group or woodland from otherwise wilful damaging of trees without the permission of the Local Planning Authority, although different TPOs have different degrees of protection.
Lawn Care How Often to Mow a Lawn The ‘One Third Rule’ Never remove more than one third of the grass blade on any one mowing. Grass Cutting One Third Rule? If your lawn mower is set for a 1” cut then you must mow at or before the grass gets to 1 ½” whether that’s 4 days or 8 days between cuts. That means you only remove one third of the grass blade. You will not do any harm if you cut more frequently so long as your lawn mower and blades are in good condition. If this rule means you have to do your grass cutting more often than you would like you can raise the lawn mowing height which will slow growth down. For example, you could set your lawn mower to cut at 1½”; you must then mow at or before the grass gets to about 2 ¼”. This may now mean mowing every 7 to 10 days depending on temperature and water availability. Regardless of the mowing height never leave your lawn more than 10 to 14 days between cuts. If you have a lawn mowing service coming every two weeks just ask them to raise the mowing height so that you stay as close to the one third rule as possible. The chances are in summer you won’t need to cut the grass much if it is very dry as there will be little growth. However, don’t go over the two weeks between cuts because some weed grasses will take advantage of the lack of lawn mowing and spread or seed profusely. Lawn Mowing Little and Often For 99% of us little and often means once a week. This will produce a much denser turf than if your grass cutting is every two weeks. A dense turf is the best looking and a great form of natural weed control as it prevents weed seeds from contact with the soil. If the seed doesn’t contact the soil then there is a very good chance that no weed grows; perfect! http://www.lawnsmith.co.uk
Hedge maintenance tips Regular maintenance is the key to keeping a hedge looking good. To prevent your hedge from looking bald after you have cut it. Sunny, frost-free weather is best for hedge cutting (not below -5°C). What's the best time of year to cut hedges? Actual hedge cutting should be done in the spring, ideally just before the hedges start to produce shoots. In the summer any unevennesses that were not visible before the leaves emerged can be evened up to keep the hedge in shape. Another cut should be made in late summer (August to September) to remove weak shoots before the winter. If you are planning to rejuvenate your hedge this should be done during the winter.