Tree maintenance, in the form of ivy and dead-wood removal, is a self explanatory aspect of tree care which has become particularly relevant with the seemingly never-ending spread of compensation culture. Any trees in public places would do well to be ‘dead-wooded' periodically given the increased prevalence of holding individuals and companies legally responsible for just about anything untoward that might happen to a third party whilst on their property. The removal of diseased limbs can also halt the spread of disease.
Regarding ivy removal, many people are content to simply cut it at the base of the tree and have done with it, and this is usually effective in terms of killing off the unwanted plant. Apart from remaining unsightly for some time after this is carried out, however, this can be problematic if there are dead sections of tree on which the ivy can feed and continue to sustain itself after it has been cut from the ground. For these reasons many people employ us to climb the tree and pull all of it out.
Many people are aware that ivy clad trees provide very good nesting for birds and for this reason are reluctant to have this work done. We usually offer a compromise, which involves leaving around two metres of ivy at the base of the tree and removing the rest, safeguarding the health of the tree but retaining some of the habitat that would otherwise have been removed. If left, ivy will inevitably kill the tree.
We are also aware that dead-wood is not a problem per se, particularly since almost half of Britain 's insects are dependant on standing dead wood. Most people are in agreement that this is more suited to woodland than to parks and gardens, although, when felling dead trees we do suggest leaving a few logs on site, if there is a suitable spot, to offer a haven for the displaced insect-life which obviously attracts song-birds and so on.