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Why Are Trees Important For Wildlife?

Trees, particularly mature ones, are full of benefits for wildlife such as birds, insects, bats and other creatures. Areas with less woodland cover are particularly crucial as the trees there will be vital homes, especially when there’re no other habitats to be found. In large areas of woodland, trees are regarded as spaces for these creatures to rest and keep safe whilst moving through.

In agricultural areas, trees are important as sources of shelter and food, particularly for bats and birds. They help protect them from predators and the elements, so they can nest and raise their young. Older trees, such as veteran species, help to provide more support to wildlife and have more value. For instance, deadwood can host insects, birds and bats, as well as several fungi. The flaking bark and hollowed out parts can make a crucial habitat, as well as giving nutrients to the soil when it decomposes. By doing so, it helps to support new trees to grow, therefore starting the cycle all over again. Call us for all Tree services in Burghfield and Wokingham.

Fun Tree Facts!

Did you know that trees aren’t just something nice to look at visually? There are lots of benefits to the environment and to us! For instance, did you know that the oxygen they produce assists us in our own lives?

Depending on the species of tree they can live for a long time, even hundreds of years. This is even with bad weather and the environment around them changing. For instance, Pine Trees are an example of an adaptable species, which can survive happily in several continents.

When a tree grows, it doesn’t grow all at once. Different parts will grow at different times during the year. Their foliage will generally grow during the spring months. In the warmer months is when their trunk tends to grow and their roots grow slowly during their dormant period.

Did you know that technically trees can communicate with each other? When they are infested with insects and pests they can make chemicals called phenolics which tells other trees to do so themselves, so they look after themselves and the ones around them!

Should I Use a Professional Tree Surgeon?

Maintaining our gardens is something that most people enjoy, but occasionally if you have trees you may be stuck for an idea of what to do. You may not know how to keep them healthy and safe, which is why you should use an expert. If you don’t take care of your trees correctly, they will start to wear out and get tired and damaged. If you’re concerned about the cosmetic aspects of your garden this isn’t what you want. But you also need to make sure your garden is safe, which can be done with an expert.

Using an inexperienced person to prune your trees, or if you try and do it yourself can cause more issues than you’d think. Pruning is a good idea to help with the health of your trees (as well as delicately trimming it when it is dormant), but you need to make sure you do it correctly. A professional will make sure it is done correctly and without causing problems.

Something you can personally look out for, are issues such as tree branches that have died, which could potentially drop on to people, or even power lines. However, you should always get a professional to remove them, as they will know how to do it safely. They can use the correct tools and machinery (as ladders aren’t always sturdy), with correct training, especially when it comes to health and safety. When you need to choose what to do, just think that an expert will reassure you and help to make your garden and trees safe and healthy. If you need a Tree Surgeon in Bracknell call us today.

The Advantages of Hedge Cutting

A hedge can be seen as an eco-friendly fence, giving the garden an aesthetically pleasing feature, which also adds to the privacy. However, one of the main benefits of maintaining a healthy hedge is the safety of your property, particularly when it is bad weather with the wind blowing and rain lashing down. If the hedges of your garden are not pruned correctly, then there will be a risk of branches breaking and flying off, hitting your home or car. This can create significant damage.

If a hedge is pruned properly (by removing the unhealthy and dead plant parts), it also means health will improve, as this lowers the chance of bugs infesting it, as well as disease spreading. With regular cutting, it can help to create growth and keeps the plant in good condition. For this to be done properly, you should make sure to contact an expert as they can ensure the pruning is successful, without any risk of mess and uneven results. They will also be especially careful if the hedge needs removing completely. Kings tree care services are Tree surgeons in Wokingham, but can also carry out hedge cutting and all other garden services.

When Is the Best Time to Prune Trees?

Pruning is when particular branches are removed from shrubs or a tree. Doing this at the correct time of the year means they’ll be kept in excellent condition.

When a branch is unhealthy, injured or dead it will need tree surgery straight away. However, if it’s to look aesthetically pleasing, to shrink a plant growing too big or to rejuvenate a tree that has aged, then preferably you shouldn’t do it until either later on in the winter or the start of spring as less damage will be done. Dormant shrubs or trees can be worked on by tree surgeons at this point, as there is less disturbance on the plant. Until they wake for the spring, any lesions can heal, particularly before the next winter.

When a tree is dormant, it is much more straightforward to prune it. Leaves will not obstruct sight, and the branches are more noticeable. Preferably pruning should commence before any plants sprout. Sap can escape if pruning is done at the start of spring, but this is not usually something to worry about. However, if there are any concerns, then it is always best to get advice from a professional. Call us for a full advice service on your trees, or if you require Tree Surgeons in Wokingham.

Caring For Your New Trees

For the first years of their life trees need to be treated carefully. So after planting them you need to let others know where they are so they aren’t harmed from a potential lawn mower incident! Mowing the grass should be done carefully and away from the tree.

The next integral part of care is to keep the area around the tree clear of weeds. This will help it to stay healthy and nourished.

Watering the tree will only be needed if it has been particularly hot for a while, as most trees can adjust to their environment.

Newly planted trees will often use guards or sticks to keep them straight and balanced. So you need to make sure they are tightly pushed into the ground.

After a few years these will be removed so the trees can continue to develop and grow.

These are just a few things to help care for your trees in the early years but when in doubt, get advice from a professional tree surgeon. Call to arrange a free tree inspection by our qualified Tree surgeons in Wokingham.

How to tell if a tree in your garden is diseased
Trees can easily thrive with the millions of microscopic organisms that make the tree their home and thus it is rare for a tree to be completely disease-free. Some trees, however, cannot fight off particular types of disease and when this happens you may see some signs:

  • • Defoliation – leaves falling when they should not be doing so
  • • Branches looking dead
  • • Decay – crumbling wood or fungus
  • • Leaf blight -dead spots on the leaves
  • • Root decay
  • • Fungus in bark
  • • Missing bark

Is my Tree diseased? contact a local Tree surgeon in Didcot who can tell you if your tree is diseased and can be saved.

Thatcham to build new Ice Centre
An ice rink to train elite athletes has been approved in Thatcham after West Berkshire planners gave the green light. The members-only training centre will be used to coach aspiring competitors in ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and sledge hockey.

Although the rink is planned to be members-only, there is scope for school groups to attend and to run clubs during holidays. The new centre will feature a real ice training pad, a synthetic speed skating pad and an off-ice training area.

For a professional tree-surgeon in Thatcham, contact Kings Tree care services today.

Taking care of your trees
The recent long, hot and dry summer will have had an impact on our trees. Trees are often taken for granted but there is a lot of scientific evidence to support the idea that not only do trees communicate with each other they protect other trees in their immediate vicinity, either by supporting them with shelter or providing food through their network of roots.

The recent long, hot and dry summer will have had an impact on our trees. Trees are often taken for granted but there is a lot of scientific evidence to support the idea that not only do trees communicate with each other they protect other trees in their immediate vicinity, either by supporting them with shelter or providing food through their network of roots.

If you are concerned about the health of your tree you can arrange a free tree inspection with a qualified company such as Kings Tree Care Services Reading.

Didcot and Wantage Tree surgeons
We have over 17 year's experience in dealing with trees in the Reading area, and each year our understanding of the trees has increased dramatically, meaning our level of competence to identify trees that are in danger has also increased. UK Law does require that home and land owners take reasonable care with all their trees, so labelling a fallen tree as 'an act of God' is no longer acceptable.

So, to take 'reasonable care' with your trees, some form of tree inspection system must be undertaken and to cover oneself, against future action the inspection should be recorded.

Kings tree services undertake tree reports that will identify likely risks by undertaking a thorough assessment of the possible harm that could be caused should the tree fail. For example, a tree next to a major road is likely to need a thorough inspection by a qualified person, whereas a tree in a private garden is unlikely to cause so much harm to passers-by.

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