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Deadwood Removal

Occasionally trees will naturally shed small dead twigs and branches which is normally nothing to be concerned about. However large quantities of deadwood in the tree can become hazardous either by being shed or blown out in strong winds. Each tree will be inspected before works commences, a tree may not need all deadwood removed as it can be beneficial to species of insects and birds. Large dead wood should be removed when a tree is overhanging targets such as roads, Public footpaths, buildings etc. When deadwood removal is carried out the tree surgeons will inspect the crown for other potential hazards, they may also remove diseased , damaged, dying and crossing branches most of which are potential hazards if left in the crown.

When our tree surgeons carry out deadwood removal they will generally remove or stabilize large dead wood and also remove smaller dead wood down to approx 40mm. Deadwood removal can be carried out at any time of year and will not effect the health of the tree in any way. Deadwood removal will also improve the look of a tree especially some of the softwoods ie Cedars, Pines etc.

Techniques Used

Our tree surgeons will generally climb when removing deadwood from trees as in most situations not all areas of the crown can be accessed with a MEWP Mobile Elevating Work Platform.

Crown Reduction

This involves the reduction of a tree's crown back to a growth point to achieve a particular shape or restrict a tree's crown spread. The reduction is carried out in a sympathetic manner which is not detrimental to the health of the tree. This type of work can be carried out on a tree where the root system is thought to be unstable, in an effort to stabilise the tree

Crown Lifting

This removes the lower branches from a tree in order to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas .Lifting the crown can make a tree stand out more and make it a focal point in its location.

Section Felling / Dismantling / Rigging

This may be necessary in the case of dead, dying or dangerous trees, or if the tree has simply outgrown its location and is no longer suitable. Our arborists are suitably qualified and experienced to section-fell trees which are growing in a confined space. We can remove all arising material or if required the timber can be left on site to be used as fire wood. The tree may have to be dismantled using approved rigging techniques involving safely lowering large branches and the tree stem to the ground in a controlled environment using ropes and rigging blocks to avoid damage to property in close proximity to the dangerous tree begin removed. It is a highly skilled operation which requires a high level of experience and training.

Crown Thinning

Is the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown. Thinning should reduce the weight on heavy limbs while still retaining the tree's natural shape. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree and we do not normally remove more than 30% of the overall tree.

Mulching & Chipping

Most felling operations face a need to get rid of branches and tree tops left after the timber is harvested from a site. Woodchips make excellent mulch for trees and shrubs.

A three-inch layer of woodchips will prevent the growth of weeds or grass around the base of the tree. Mulching also conserves moisture, prevents erosion, moderate soil temperatures, and adds organic matter and nutrients to the soil. Woodchips are slow to break down, so they do not have to be replaced as often as some other mulch materials.

Contact Details

Darren Kilcoyne Tree Surgery
Co. Roscommon,

Phone: (086) 106-9913 / (085) 286-8749

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