Creative Uses for Your Old Tree Stumps

Normally, when our tree surgeon has finished tree cutting the remaining stumps and waste are collected and disposed of in a legally and environmentally sound manner. We’ve been thinking though about ways in which old tree stumps can be recycled to provide an attractive and unique garden feature. Maybe we’ll inspire people near to us in the Potters Bar, Barnet, Enfield and Finchley areas?

Tree Stump Plant Plot

Whether it is still in the ground or portable, a tree stump plant can make a beautiful addition to a garden. It can be used to plant flowers, herbs and plants. Succulents are also an excellent choice as they require little watering.

Small Table

If you have had a tree stump removed by a tree surgeon then why not sand it down, add a couple of coats of varnish and create yourself a delightful sitting table.

Mosaic Table

While on the theme of tables a stump can also be transformed into a mosaic table with just a tube of glue, some mosaic pieces, and an imaginative eye.

Sitting Stool

With just a small cushion and a nail gun, you can deck out your back yard with a selection of lovely looking homemade stools for when you’re entertaining.

Wall Clock

This one is a little bit fiddlier but by slicing off a small section of a stump you can create a clock for your home that will add a little rustic charm.

Small Shelf

To accompany your Arcadian clock you could use another cross-section of a tree stump for a simple yet elegant shelf.

We hope that the above tips have given you inspiration on how to ‘upcycle’ your old tree stumps. If you need a tree cutting then please contact our tree surgeon for details and the most competitive rates in the Potters Bar, Barnet, Enfield and Finchley areas.

How can I protect my trees from Sun Scald?

Much like the sunburn in human beings, trees can also get the sun scald. Sun scald on plants can damage the outer layer of the plant’s skin. It can lead to permanent damage and a premature decline. Being exposed to too much strong sunlight, trees can develop lesions or damaged spots, that can allow diseases to enter the plant’s system.

Tree sun scald is common in younger trees, especially in the fall when the weather changes rapidly. Trees that get sun scald on their trunks can be stunted and they may not develop as much fruit as they should.

Types of tree sun scald
Tree sun scald is usually of two types – summer sun scald & winter sun scald. Summer sun scald happens in warmer climates and affects young trees. The tissue in the bark of the trees gets so hot that sells start to die and hence affects the health of the tree.

Winter sun scald happens in colder climates when the sun heats up the bark during the day and then temperature suddenly falls at night. These rapid changes in temperature damage the cells and hence it is called winter sun scald. Both types of sun scald cause lesions or breaks in the bark and can open up into large damaged areas, if not cured.

How to prevent it?
Treating sun scald is a matter of preventing it before it starts. A number of products have been used to prevent sun scald. They all work by keeping the tree safe from the extreme temperatures. White paint can help you to save your tree by reflecting sunlight and therefore keep the bark from getting too hot. Wraps will also hold in some warmth at night, but this will have a very limited effect on the low temperature reached. During the winter, brown coloured paper wraps actually absorb heat and can increase the temperature of the bark. So it helps prevent the tree during the colder months.

Over-pruning can be a serious issue that exposes too much of a tree to sunlight. A certified tree surgeon can advise and act accordingly to prune a tree for the season, the climate, and its positioning on your property. If you’re unsure how to prune your tree, please call our tree surgeon. We cover Potters Bar, Barnet, Enfield and Finchley.

Four Lombardy Poplar trees removed in Potters Bar

In residential areas homeowners contact us to quote for jobs through our website or in many cases through recommendation. Most of the time, people ask us the simple questions like, can this job be done safely and efficiently? Or how much will it cost? One customer in Potters Bar needed four Lombardy Poplar trees to be removed from the property at a sensible price and with no safety issues, especially because they’re causing subsidence damage. There were some challenges because there was limited access. The team decided to utilise some specialised machinery for this project rather than a dismantling process and did everything possible to minimise the disruption. The work was completed in less than 6 hours and customer was satisfied with the outcome.

Ornamental cherry tree successfully reduced in Enfield

One recent customer decided her ornamental cherry tree had gotten too tall and ‘wild’ but wanted to keep it as it added beauty to the garden in the past. Our assessment told us that it could be successfully pruned by reducing the height and we could encourage a more compact, bushy shape too. Our customer was pleased with the work and satisfied with our fast, professional service that included all waste removal.

Leaning Poplar Tree Felled in Barnet

London Tree Specialists were called out by a Barnet customer who needed a poplar tree felled as an emergency. He explained that his tree was leaning towards the neighbours property and they had raised concerns about the safety of their property. We scheduled a survey and after the initial quote he decided to get the tree felled. When our team visited the property we planned the safest method possible i.e. “section dismantling” in order to fully control the situation. Our team did their best to minimise the risk to both people and the property below the tree. Once the job was done, we took the waste away with us and the customer was happy with our approach.

How our tree surgeons take care of the trees damaged by snow storms

Before we proceed to our ‘title’ did you know that a snow storm can kill your trees? After a storm some people try to cut down some trees without understanding that it can lead to further damage.

If you have trees on your property, don’t attempt the work yourself always call a professional tree surgeon as there are many risks involved. With many years of experience, our professional tree surgeons can examine the situation properly and start the recovery process. We understand that trees damaged by the snow storms may be difficult to cut down, so our professionals have all the knowledge to decide and if appropriate then start the process.

Storm damage is likely to cause partial damage or damage that simply cannot be rescued.

Uprooted condition:

  1. Tree falling on tree – These kind of trees can be safely felled using various bucking methods.
  2. Partially uprooted – These appear simple until you consider the danger involved in this process. Our professionals cut the open face-notch on the compression side to one-quarter of the trunk, then cut on the tension. This ensures the tree will fall at the desired time and within required safety measures.
  3. Uprooted and lying on the ground – There are some steps which we follow in this situation to avoid the threat of an accident on a passer by. Our professionals cut the trunk at a prescribed distance and make sure all health and safety legislation is adhered to.

Broken Trees
There are 2 common situations. If the upper portion of the tree is broken, it presents a significant danger to any one walking past. Remember, if this happens to a stranger / guest visiting your premises, you could be opening yourself up to a law suit.
If the bottom half of the tree is broken, then the tree probably cannot be rescued so get a professional tree surgeon out asap, you cannot leave this unattended.

If you’ve any damaged tree on your property (Potters Bar, Barnet, Enfield or Finchley), all you have to do is make a call and you’ll be surprised with our quick response and professional service.

Don’t Take Risks, Get an Expert Tree Surgeon for Tree Trimming

Having trees around the home or office adds a natural appeal to your property and can also give you a welcome element of privacy. But like everything trees do require some regular maintenance. We have heard many stories of homeowners who have tried to maintain trees by themselves and suffered some serious injuries as a result. Working at heights, using chainsaws or any other equipment related to tree services without having attended and completed the right training courses is extremely dangerous.

If you are a homeowner and want to maintain your trees, you should hire a professional tree surgeon rather than attempt what appears to be ‘routine work’. A professional tree surgeon, can give a proper evaluation of the tree and all its components.

Why you should use professional tree trimming service?
All the work will be carried out by the professionals and not only will the job look better, it will also allow your trees to flourish with their expert knowledge. You tree needs to have dead or decaying branches removed and experts can spot the signs of a dying tree before it is too late – in many cases. Although trees can give you privacy there comes a point where they will make your proerty feel dark and dingy because it starts to rob you of natural sunlight. You should also consider the danger aspect where poorly maintained trees can fall on yours or a neighbours property and cause damage.

There are basically three types of tree trimming:
1. Fine Pruning: is removing small limbs to improve the tree’s appearance.
2. Standard Pruning: involves a bit more heavy cutting and is done to enhance the tree’s branch structure.
3. Crown Reduction Trimming: usually involves the removal of major branches, and should only be done when there is significant dieback or storm damage.

With frequent maintenance, trees can enhance the look, feel and value of your property without decreasing the safety of your family or creating unnecessary and costly property damage. We cover Barnet, Finchley, Enfield, Potters bar and always keep our prices as affordable as possible so that you have a top quality, experienced and affordable option to keep your trees and garden in order. So, why not have a chat about the range of services we offer and the benefits of hiring a professional tree surgeon – we are always happy to offer advice.

How to choose a professional landscaper for your garden design

To help you find the right landscaper for your dream garden, we have put together this list of things to consider:

Write down things you would like in your garden, such as types of flowers, colours, play and seating areas etc. and also make a list of the things you don’t like. Roughly sketch your layout ideas and/or add a magazine picture of the setting you would love to emulate.

Decide on a budget

Armed with notes, ideas and a budget, use local ads, internet and referrals to get in touch with landscapers who know the area and seem capable of doing the job. Good landscapers will be more than happy to show off their work and give references which you can follow up. Visiting gardens and speaking with clients is one of the best ways to vet the contractors.

Based on the same specifications for each, obtain at least three quotes and keep a record of all your dealings.

At this stage you should be in a good position to choose the best landscaper for the job, considering things like workmanship, references, price and who you felt most comfortable dealing with.

Once you are ready to proceed, ask your landscaper for a written contract covering things like insurance, layout drawings, costs, completion date/s and all materials to be supplied and work to be done.

At London Trees and Landscapes we are passionate about gardens and proud of all the great references our landscape team has received. We look forward to hearing from you.