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How big is too big when it comes to trees?

Updated: Apr 10

OTS Tree Surgeons, experts in Essex & Kent

The daily growth rate of a tree is imperceptible. But every now and then, especially during Spring as the leaves reappear, you will suddenly notice that your trees have grown bigger.

This could be because your garden isn’t getting as much light as it used to, perhaps they are beginning to overhang the neighbour's garden or now look a little too close to your conservatory.

So how can you tell if they are too big?

Here are some signs and factors to consider:

Height and Width: Consider the space available in your garden and whether the trees are encroaching upon structures, such as buildings, fences, or power lines. If the trees have grown significantly taller or wider than you would prefer, they may be considered too big.

Overhanging Branches: If the branches of the trees are extending too far and intruding upon neighbouring properties or obstructing pathways, they may need to be pruned or trimmed back.

Canopy Density: If the tree's foliage is so dense that it blocks sunlight from reaching other plants in your garden or causes excessive shade over your garden, it might be necessary to thin the canopy to allow more light penetration.

Health and Safety: It is important to assess the overall health of the trees. Dead, diseased, or damaged branches or signs of decay can indicate that the trees are too big and may pose a safety hazard. Also, consider the stability of the trees, especially during storms or high winds, especially if they are near your or your neighbour's property.

Tree Species: Different tree species have varying growth habits and sizes. It may be worth seeking advice from a professional tree surgeon on the specific species in your garden to determine if their current size is appropriate for your space. Some species naturally grow larger and may not be suitable for smaller gardens.

Local Regulations: Again, check your local regulations or consult with a professional tree surgeon to ensure compliance with any laws or guidelines regarding tree size and maintenance in your area. It is illegal to do any work at all on a tree with a TPO (Tree Preservation Order) without permission from the local authority or council.

What are the next steps?

If you notice any of these signs or have concerns about the size of the trees in your garden, it is advisable to consult with a professional tree surgeon or arborist. They can assess the situation, provide expert advice, and recommend appropriate actions, such as pruning, thinning, or tree removal if necessary.

Talking to the experts

We have over 40 years’ experience in the management of trees and gardens, and will always provide a free consultation with expert advice on your options.

We have all the up-to-date machinery to tackle every job, no matter how big or small, whether that is pruning, crowning, thinning or felling. We will always leave your garden neat and tidy with our onsite woodchipper and excellent personal service.

Talk to us today about all your tree needs : 0800 145 52 62


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