This is a recent example of how we can transform a garden through tree surgery in north London. The photo below shows a sycamore on the left with the brown dead leaves of well established ivy that had been severed at the base. There are three other sycamores behind it, the largest of which was covered in well established living ivy. On the right is a big white thorn with, not yet visible, a suppressed crab apple growing up into its canopy and an overgrown hazel behind it and a tall slender silver birch behind that. The customer wanted to reclaim the garden and increase light penetration.

Overgrown garden before tree surgery

Overgrown garden

After discussion with the customer they commissioned us to:

– Remove the dead ivy from the first sycamore and sensitively reduce its canopy by 30%.

– Remove the ivy from the bigger sycamore behind it.

– Fell and dig out the crab apple that was suppressed by the white thorn.

– Fell and dig out the hazel.

– Raise and reduce the crown of the white thorn.

Here’s what the bigger sycamore looked like when tree surgeon Marcus had started removing the ivy:

Sycamore before ivy removal

Marcus just visible at the top of a forty foot sycamore being strangled by ivy. Still a lot of ivy to take out.

Here’s a piece of the ivy that came out. If left unchecked ivy will turn arboreal, damage the tree’s bark, and eventually kill the tree by blocking the sunlight from reaching its leaves.

Big piece of ivy removed from a sycamore

Arboreal form ivy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the same tree without the ivy:

Sycamore free of ivy

The forty foot sycamore having been cleaned of ivy.

In the photo below on the left is the stem of the white thorn having had the lower branches removed. Behind and to the right is the multi-stemmed stump of the hazel being pulled out by Marcus using rope leverage.

Pulling out a hazel stump

Using multiplied leverage with ropes to pull out a hazel stump.

And here is what the garden looked like after some well planned, well executed tree work:

Results after tree work

After two days’ work by two tree surgeons

The stems of the sycamores are visible now that the ivy has been removed, as is that of the silver birch as well as the top of its crown thanks to the work on the hazel and white thorn, and the white thorn itself looks much tidier while maintaining a natural shape. The garden looks much bigger as you can now see all the way through to the end. And much more sky is visible with a lot more light coming into the garden and into the house. Result!

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2 thoughts on “Garden transformation through tree surgery in north London

  • October 18, 2015 at 11:32 am
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    A wonderful feeling of everything being able to breath once again. Allowing the light back. Taking back control. Very clever.

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    • October 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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      Thanks Sophie, glad you like it.

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