TIPS AND ADVICE
TREES AND PROPERTY DAMAGE
Subsidence is a possibility only if the local soil is shrinkable (some clay soils shrink as they dry out).
Damage to buildings by the physical growth and expansion of roots is rare and only occurs if the tree is very close to the building (within one to two metres).
Damage to lightly loaded structures such as paths, driveways and garden walls is far more common. If a tree is growing close to a fence, for example, it will often push the fence out of alignment. Keep an eye on this as some timely pruning can keep this in check. Providing the tree reduction is not too drastic, if you prune a tree to keep it at a certain size, the roots will generally be kept under control.
If you`re still worried about a tree, give me a call and I`ll take a look at it for you.
TREE ROOTS AND DRAINS
However, if an old rusty pipe with poor joints is leaking into the surrounding soil this will attract tree roots like bees to honey, which will then exploit the existing weakness.
Replacement of faulty drains/pipes with modern plastic materials will eliminate the leak and stop problems from happening again.
IS MY TREE PROTECTED?
A tree preservation order is an order made by the Council which in general makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, willfully damage or willfully destroy a tree without the planning authority’s permission.
Any tree works can be applied for by completing the relevant application form, specifying the trees, what you want to do and why. These forms can be downloaded here:
To find out if your tree is protected you can call these numbers:
Manchester 0161 234 4516
Stockport 0161 474 4432
Trafford 0161 912 3149
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ALL THE BRANCHES?
For bigger logs we can ring these up for you to keep as firewood or we can take it all away.
If access allows, the really big bits of tree trunk can be carved into sculptures.
DO YOU TAKE EVERYTHING AWAY?
When you are planning to reduce your tree, for safety or more light etc., consider the
“natural-look”. Avoid pruning back to stubs. These not only look awful but will harm the tree.
The stubs will either die back and introduce decay into the main trunk or will react by
throwing out an explosion of new growth on the end of each and every stub… soon leaving
you with a bigger problem than before it was pruned. If you like the Nick Bailey Tree Surgeon
style of tree pruning, give us a call and we’ll come and meet you to discuss your best option.
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