Commercial and Residential Tree Surgery in West Sussex

Have you been wandering the web searching for a trustworthy, insured and qualified Sussex tree specialists? Well, you're in luck, Foremans Tree Specialists fulfil all those criteria and so much more.

At Foremans Tree Specialists we deliver superior tree surgeon services to domestic and commercial clients throughout West Sussex. We commonly work in Crawley, Horsham, Haywards Heath and East Grindsted, including the local surrounding areas, such as Billingshurst, Pulborough, Petworth, Southwater and Burgess Hill.

Our NPTC certified tree surgeons have numerous years of industry experience and undertake a broad range of arboricultural services. From tree felling to hedge cutting and stump grinding to tree pruning, we have tools and know-how to complete jobs of any size, large or small.

We pride ourselves in delivering the highest standard of work, following British Standard BS3998:2010 guidelines for tree work, and our goal is to provide the most dependable and affordable solutions for all our clients.

Tree Felling And Tree Removal West Sussex

Do you require a safe and skilled tree felling and or tree removal service in West Sussex? At Foremans Tree Specialists, our trained arborists use the latest sectional and straight felling techniques to remove undesired trees with little disruption and in a safe, tidy manner.

Tree Pruning West Sussex

There are many tree pruning techniques that our knowledgable tree surgeons can utilise to achieve your desired goal. They are not, by any means exclusive, and we often use a combination together. Take the following, for example; a tree can be crown reduced (volume as a whole), crown thinned (reducing the density) and crown-raised (lifting the crown from the ground).

The generic rule for all pruning works is to avoid removing more than 30% of the crown. More than 30% generally harms the health of the tree and jeopardises its safety. Incorrect or over-pruning, for example, topping, upsets the primary form of the tree and usually results in accelerated re-growth. 

Below we list and explain the most common pruning techniques adopted by Foremans Tree Specialists and also point out some poor operations to avoid.

Crown Reduction West Sussex

This process involves reducing the volume of the crown while retaining the natural shape for the species. The crucial criteria for a correct crown reduction are as follows:

• While making pruning cuts the concept of maintaining a natural flowing branch-line must always be in mind.

• Apply pruning cuts to natural growth points, this reduces the amount of resulting decay from the wound. It will also minimise sprouting re-growth from dormant buds around the cut.

• The retained lateral branch should be at least a third of the size of the branch removed, this keeps sufficient foliage to maintain the energy requirements of the rest of the tree. As a result, the surviving branch will remain growing at a regular rate, meaning there will be no acceleration in re-growth.

Pollarding West Sussex

Pollarding is the most severe tree pruning operation and should ideally be administered when a tree is in its infancy. The key to a successful pollard is to remove the re-growth regularly, for example, every 1, 2 or 3 years, dependent on the species of the tree. Regular maintenance on a pollarded tree is critical since the re-growth will have weak unions (attachment points), meaning if its left to grow too big, this will increase the risk of failure.

 There are a few reasons for choosing to pollard trees. 

Pollarding is primarily undertaken to maintain trees at a consistent size, but there are also numerous other benefits, some of which we have outlined below:

  • Prevents trees from contacting or damaging street furniture, power or telephone lines
  • Reduces the amount of shade cast by trees
  • Increases air circulation and reduces the possibility of the sail effect
  • It can shape a tree for aesthetic purposes

Crown Raising/Crown Lifting West Sussex

The process of crown raising or crown lifting involves removing the lower branches to a given height, usually measured from ground level. We commonly use crown lifting to allow more light into a garden/property or to enable pedestrians/vehicles to pass underneath more freely.

Crown Thinning West Sussex

Crown thinning decreases the density of the crown without reducing its overall size. Crown thinning involves removing secondary growth to promote a more healthy, uniform spread foliage across the crown. We primarily crown thin broadleaved trees, not evergreens such as conifer and the benefits include:

  • Increase in the amount of light able to pass through the crown 
  • Reduction in the wind resistance, sail and weight of the crown 
  • Improved visual appeal and general structure of the tree 

Crown Cleaning & Deadwooding West Sussex

Crown cleaning commonly involves the removal of dying, dead, diseased, dangerous or crossing branches but can also include removing climbing plants, foreign objects and epicormic growth. We carry out crown cleaning and dead wooding for safety and aesthetic purposes. 

"Topping West Sussex" - Poor Pruning Practice

Often confused with 'reductions' or 'pollarding', 'topping' is a lousy pruning technique a is detrimental to the health and safety of the tree. Topping encourages decay and therefore disease while also disrupting the trees delicate energy system.

If the shock of topping doesn't kill the tree entirely, it will do doubt cause it to produce a multitude of shoots from the location of the cuts. These shoots will grow prolifically to reinstate the lost foliage and may quickly develop into branches that could potentially reach out as far as the original crown. The accelerated re-growth will negate the original goal of reducing the size or span of the crown. In addition, the topping will have encouraged pockets of decay to develop in proximity to the cuts, and these will continue to deepen and decay.

Foremans Tree Specialists offer our professional tree pruning and crown reduction services to British Standard BS3998 stipulations. Correct tree pruning is a skilful process and should only be tackled by a trained professional to help ensure balanced and healthy regrowth.

Tree Pollarding West Sussex

Pollarding is the most rigorous type of pruning and must only be used in certain circumstances and on specific trees. Our experienced arborists will study your trees individually and tell you if pollarding is a suitable option or not. Call us today so we can arrange a site visit and a member of the team will gladly give you their advice and a tree pollarding cost.

Tree Stump Removal Sussex

Tree Stumps can not only be very ugly to look at but can also pose a potential trip hazard and therefore, a health and safety liability. We offer an insured stump grinding service, where we utilise modern, heavy-duty stump grinders, which remove the stump with ease while minimising damage to its surroundings. Manual stump removal can prove very labour intensive and often results in unwanted disturbance to surrounding ground, walls or property.

Emergency Tree Surgeon West Sussex

The most frequent reasons for tree failure are lack of maintenance, poor pruning, storms and adverse weather. Even the largest, most well-established trees can fail, resulting in damage to property and or obstructing essential access. If you have a fallen tree or dangerous tree, contact Foremans Tree Specialists immediately, and we'll do everything we can to make the situation safe and remove the tree ASAP. Our emergency tree response team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Ivy Removal West Sussex

When well-manicured, creeper and ivy is a majestic feature to your home, but if left unmanaged it can cause damage to your property. Soffits, render, woodwork and brickwork can all be compromised, and if not addressed, you could end up with a costly bill for repair. We provide comprehensive creeper, climber and ivy removal/maintenance services for clients throughout West Sussex and all local surrounding areas.

Hedge Trimming West Sussex

Are your hedges or shrubs becoming unruly? We're well equipped with the latest tree surgeon tools and have the experience to tackle any hedge or bush, large or small. Our qualified tree surgeons can prune, cut and shape them to your exact specifications, so whether you have box hedges, conifers or topiary, contact us today, and we'll have your outdoor space looking great in no time at all.

Tree Planting in West Sussex

Are you contemplating planting a new tree or relocating an existing one? We've planted countless trees in properties throughout West Sussex, and have an in-depth understanding of the best aftercare methods. Foremans Tree Specialists can source the most suitable specimens, suggest appropriate planting locations, and if required, we can even plant them for you. The relocation of an existing tree may be possible, but the roots should still be young and unestablished.

Site Clearance West Sussex

Do you have a small outdoor space or large commercial site you require clearing? Foremans Tree Specialists provide quick, safe and efficient vegetation, tree and land clearance solutions to both private and public sectors. We have the latest equipment and a highly trained workforce, allowing us to deliver even the largest tree clearance projects on budget and most importantly on time.

If you'd like to discuss any of the tree surgery services mentioned above or would like us to give you an idea of the tree surgeons costs that may be involved in your next project, call us today on 01483 670287, and we'll gladly assist you in any way we can.