Common Tree Removal Practices You Should Be Aware Of

23 September 2017
 Categories: Environmental, Blog

Tree removal is the process of either entirely or partially reducing some tree features for various purposes. There may have been a great storm which caused a tree to fall; this will require tree removal services. One may also have some untidy trees in the backyard that need pruning; this also will need the tree removal services. As a homeowner, you have to be aware of the tree removal services offered. Some of the most common tree removal practices are outlined below:

1. Tree Looping – Tree looping refers to the cutting of branches or tree stems in between the unions. This is quite different from pruning which involves the cutting of branches back to a fork or either back union. Tree looping is prohibited due to its listing as a tree damaging activity. This is subject to the ACT Tree Protection Act 2005. When looping is done on a healthy tree, a majority of the leaves end up removed. This creates danger for the tree as the primary source of food is eliminated. After the leaves are discarded, the tree will be forced to rely on its reserve stores which are down the tree. Such stores are not as much therefore getting depleted fast. This leaves the tree starved which eventually leads to death. The recovery of trees from this is quite difficult often resulting in the demise of many trees. The only acceptable forms of looping include pollarding as well as hedging.

2. Pollarding-- This is special pruning that involves cutting off regrowth at certain intervals. The pruning is usually done at intervals of one to two years.

3. Hedging – Hedges are always pruned in intervals of 1-2 years as well. It can also be done every six months. This involves trimming which is done to prevent the haphazard growth of new shoots which leads to them falling out of their weight.

4. Stump Grinding – Another tree removal practice is referred to as stump grinding. Not only are tree stumps ugly and space consuming, but they also pose various safety threats to those around them. For instance, a young child might be tripped by a lowly protruding stump. Stumps can also decay in the ground thus inviting a bevy of insects to come and live within the wood. Insects such as termites can spread all the way to your house causing substantial damage. To remove such stumps, you can either hire the help of a stump grinder which is a machine suited for the complete grinding of the stump. If the stump is small, you can use smaller hand tools which will do the job as well.