Tree health

Trees and fungi live in a constant state of war with each other. Sometimes one or more fungal infections can have a serious impact on the tree and it becomes necessary to do some remedial work.

This page lists the options available in this situation.

Reduction

A tree suffering from a fungal infection may be weakened so that it can no longer support the weight of the branches. Reducing the length and weight of the branches, reduces the wind loading and makes it easier for the main part of the tree to support the remaining structure.

Pros:
  • Reduces the stress on the tree so that it can continue to grow despite the fungus.

Cons:

  • The progress of the fungal infection will not be stopped. The tree's health should continue to be regularly monitored.

Felling

Sometimes it is necessary to remove a tree entirely. Felling can sometimes be done simply by cutting at the base, but more often than not, it will require the tree to be dismantled piece by piece to avoid damage to adjacent buildings, fences, plants etc.

Pros:
  • Ensures safety when a tree is severely compromised.

Cons:

  • Produces much more waste than pruning which increases the cost.
  • Eliminates wildlife habitat.
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