Re-pollarding a tree in Chesterfield

re-pollarding a poplar tree

Re-pollarding a tree is a job that only happens every few years. Re-pollarding is a type of pruning which removes unwanted new growth after the initial pollarding a few years earlier. Once a tree has been pollarded the growth seems to take a long time to reappear.  However, once the new shoots do come through the tree will quickly regain much of its foliage quickly.  This Poplar tree in Chesterfield, Derbyshire is a good example of a tree that is under regular management. The tree had been pruned back a few years earlier and due to good health and plenty of Sun in the summer of 2018, it had grown back significantly. This particular tree was under a preservation order (TPO) therefore an application had to be made to the local council.  Applications typically take 6 weeks before permission to work is granted. The Poplar Tree is approximately 90 feet tall,  and all […]


Conifer Hedge Trimming – Chesterfield

Conifer hedges can be thick and hard to tackle if you allow them to get out of control. Conifers can be trimmed most of the year but not during bird nesting season. Conifers are evergreens and should not be pruned back too hard because it as exposes brown inner part of the hedge. This not only makes the hedge look horrible but can also kill the tree by opening it up to pest ingress and fungal diseases. Conifers make ideal hedging plant as they are fast growing and produce a solid screen for garden privacy. It’s worthwhile considering planting with respect to neighbouring plants,  as conifer hedges create an acidic soil and can cause browning of turf.  We recommend yearly trimming of conifers due to fast-growing nature of species Hedge Reduction in the Chesterfield Area The Conifer Hedge in the above photo had become very overgrown. Growing between three gardens. The […]


Conifers Removed in Chesterfield

Conifer Trees Removed

Conifers Hedge Removed in Chesterfield: Tony Hands 2017 Conifers Removed in Chesterfield 6x large Conifers in a Chesterfield garden become overgrown.  The trees were approximately 20 years old.  They had grown to a height of 10m  with a  width 5m. The Conifer trees were beginning to dominate the space in the garden.  The customer requested the complete removal of the trees to achieve a lower maintenance garden and to create more natural light. Conifer hedges require annual light to moderate trimming in Spring to prevent hedges becoming out of hand.  Heavy pruning does not create a good aesthetic result as it exposes the inner leaves with are brown.   Unfortunately,  once become overgrown require removal Conifers also create acidic and dry soil, such soil makes it difficult to grow other plants in close proximity to the conifers.  This Acid soil also affects soil quality preventing healthy lawn growth. Hands-on Tree Care […]


Leaning Poplar Tree Felled Chesterfield

Poplar Tree Felled

Leaning Poplar Tree Felled Chesterfield. Do you need a Tree Felled in Chesterfield?  We were recently called out by a local farmer who needed a Poplar tree felled.  The Tree had developed a  lean toward a neighbouring property.  The neighbours had raised concerns about the safety of the tree due to dropped branches after windy weather. The landowner decided to get the tree felled because it had become too large for the location and posed risk of instability in high winds. We decided the safest way to get the tree felled was to rope up to the top of the tree and cut from the top using a method known as ‘sectional dismantling‘.   Logs From Your felled Tree When you get a tree felled by sectional dismantling, you can be sure that we are minimising the risk of danger to people and property below the tree. Large parts of the […]


Damaged Trees Pruned

damaged trees pruned

Get your damaged trees pruned safely by the experts. We were called out to prune this mature Cedar Tree that had a lot of collapsed branches due to storm damage from high winds. Damaged branches need removing because the possibility of them falling on people below creates a high risk. Once the tree was pruned, we thinned out the remaining tree canopy because many of the limbs were old and heavy. The older heavy branches were at risk of further limb breakage. Damaged Trees Pruned & Thinned If the trees on your property are overgrown or damaged, don’t wait, call Hands on Tree Care today. Hands on Tree Care offer an expert tree pruning service. We are fully insured and will prune your trees safely and efficiently. Our fully qualified Tree Surgeons will assess the trees and choose the safest method of pruning and limb removal.


Silver Birch Pruned in Wingerworth Chesterfield

Silver Birch Tree in Chesterifield

Silver Birch Pruned in Wingerworth Chesterfield: Hands on Tree Care. We were called out Wingerworth in Chesterfield to look at a Silver Birch Tree.  The tree was about 60 years old and 70ft tall. The homeowners asked us to prune the tree. The Tree was blocking light from the garden. This beautiful tree, it just needed  thinning out, so that it would let more light through to the garden. Why Prune a Tree Improve the health of your garden by pruning trees. Allow more light and wind into the garden. This gives plants more light and strengthens their stems. We pruned the tree using crown reduction. That means that we thinned the top of the tree branches out. This allows more light into the garden and allows the tree to regrow. If you have a Silver Birch that needs attention, call Hands on Tree Care. The best time to prune […]


Evergreen Trees Removed Safely

Evergreen Hedge Trimming

Hands on Tree Care  had a busy Autumn, we had to get the evergreen trees removed. Hands on Tree Care were called to Chesterfield to dismantle some Leylandii and Lawson’s Cypress trees. The trees were situated in the rear garden and needed to be removed to allow more light into the garden. After the trees were cut down, all the logs were stacked and cut to size for the customer to use on their wood burning stove. Typically logs would need 12-18 months seasoning so they have a proper chance to dry out. Ideal moisture content for hard or soft wood logs for stove burning is 20% or under. This ensures excessive tar does not form in chimneys and sufficient heat is produced from fire to warm rooms. Get Evergreen Trees Removed If you need assistance managing overgrown evergreen trees, get in touch with us today! Want to see more?


Poplar Trees Reduced in Height

Overgrown Poplar Trees

Poplar Trees Reduced in Height: Hands on Tree Care. Hands on Tree Care were called to Chesterfield to reduce the height of several Poplar trees. The trees were approx 100ft to 40ft tall, and growing in a private garden. The Householder was concerned that the trees had become too tall. Recent high winds had swayed the trees, and the householder was concerned that they may cause damage to either their property or to their neighbours’ property. Trees make a natural boundary. Tree roots can disturb the ground, fences, patios and buildings on the neighbouring land. Pruning Overgrown Poplar Trees Poplars can be hard pruned and will grow back quickly, they are a very fast growing species. We always look at each job individually to decide what is the best way to prune or fell a tree.  In this case, we used a sectional dismantling technique to reduce the height of […]


Overgrown Conifer Hedge – Pruned.

Overgrown Hedge needs trimming

We were called out to a house in Chesterfield to look at a very overgrown Conifer hedge. The Hedge had grown up to a height of approximately 12 meters in height and 75 meters long. The hedge was mature and would have taken around 15-20 years to reach this height. Annual pruning would have prevented this level of overgrowth. We were asked to reduce hedge as our customer’s neighbours had recently had solar panels fitted to their roof and were unable to get any benefit due to shade caused by an overgrown hedge. Hands on Tree Care use a sectional dismantling technique to reduce the height of the hedge. Once we had trimmed the hedge to the desired height, cut the trunks into logs and removed all the cut branches. Best time to Prune an Overgrown Conifer Hedge Conifers hedges should be cut Spring/Summer to prevent frost damage which can cause […]


35 ft Eucalyptus Tree Dismantled – Cuthorpe

Eucalyptus Tree Cut Down

Eucalyptus Tree Dismantled: April 2014 We were called out to dismantle a large Eucalyptus Tree. The Eucalyptus was approximately 10 years old, and the customer was concerned that the tree had become too large. Customers often do not realise just how didn’t realise how fast-growing some species are. Large Eucalyptus Tree?- No Problem for Hands on Tree Care. Tree Felling in Tight Spaces This job was another tricky one in terms of logistics. There were lots of garden obstacles to negotiate, such as a pond, a shed, greenhouse and patio, therefore this job required precision felling. Protect Ponds from Leaf Matter Ponds require special attention when felling trees because falling leaf matter can often cause changes in water Ph and certain species of tree can cause poisoning to fish. As a precaution, ponds are always covered during tree cutting, to prevent damage to the wildlife or pet fish. Remove overgrown […]


3 Conifers Felled in Clay Cross

Tree Felling Chesterfield

3 Conifers Felled in Clay Cross – April 2014. We were contacted by a homeowner, who needed us to look at three Conifers, all required felling. The Trees were approximately 25 feet tall, and growing in close proximity to shed and fence. Access to the trees and was difficult access as it was a long way to drag cut branches through the back garden and up some steps to the front of the property where we had our chipper. Felling Trees lets light flood into your Garden Now that the trees are felled this will allow more light to get to a prized Sorbus Tree, which was growing in close proximity. The extra light will benefit the Sorbus, resulting in more balanced growth and a healthier specimen. Felling Trees Can Improve Soil Quality Soil quality will also improve with removal of conifers. This is because Conifers create acidic soil conditions, […]