Hedges

Now hopefully the cold snow storms have passed, the time of year is approaching for us to start the maintenance in our gardens in preparation to enjoy our gardens throughout the Spring and Summer, focusing on tidying up our Hedges.

Conifer Hedges being one of our most popular call outs.  Trimming maintenance is important for the Conifer Hedge, as they are known to grow quite wild and out of shape if left unmaintained.

This week in Bromley we tended to a new customer to carry out works on her Conifer Hedge.   Below are some before and after pictures.

 

As you can see this Hedge was trimmed all over to create a uniform, tight neat headline.  This job is one of our smaller jobs, however please remember

NO JOB IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL!

 

To get your garden in shape or needing a general tidy up please feel free to contact us on 07966 265 373, alternatively email for a response within 24 hours.

Beast from the East

Has the Beast from the East Snowstorm affected your trees?

 

 

Since Monday we have been sitting back and watching the weather do as it pleases, work, school and businesses being affected.  Though we have not thought about the potential damage snow can cause to our much-loved garden trees.

 

SNOW AND ICE BREAKAGE.

Heavy snow and ice storms cause damage by bending and breaking branches. The branches of many hardwoods, such as Siberian elm, maples, and birch, may be seriously damaged in ice storms. Improper removal of ice or snow from the tree or shrub might increase damage.

 

We are predicted to have more snow showers over the next few days, though our vans may have difficulty getting you, our phone lines are still very much in action and havent stopped this week.

 

If you have any concerns for your trees and their branches once the snow clears up please do not hesitate call us on 07966 265 373 or drop us an email and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

 

Last but not least please keep warm and keep safe if you are travelling on the roads.

Silver Birch Tree

Saving this beautiful Silver Birch Tree

 

Earlier last week JJ&B attended a property in Petts Wood, which at the front of this garden houses a stunning Silver Birch Tree.  Unfortuantely Ivy had been growing up the trunk of the tree and preventing the tree from receiving it’s nutrients needed from the soil.  Along with our recommendation our customer agreed for the Ivy to be removed in attempt to save the tree.

 

Heres some more on Ivy…

What is it?

Ivy is a woody stemmed, self-clinging climber that can grow quickly to cover fences, walls and buildings. It is a cause for concern owing to its rapid pace of growth and worries about potential damage to the support structure.

Appearance

Ivy is recognised by its dense, evergreen foliage. In its climbing state it has three- to five-lobed glossy leaves.

It attaches itself to supports by producing aerial roots along the stems. When the stems are pulled away from the wall, they often leave behind the unsightly root ends, that persist and can often only be removed with wire brushes or pressure washing.

The problem

Self-clinging climbers such as Boston ivy and Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus sp.) do not usually cause damage to wall surfaces, but common or English ivy (Hedera helix sp.) supports itself by aerial roots and where these penetrate cracks or joints they may cause structural damage. Sound masonry is unaffected.

Its dense cover can hide defects in the fabric of the building and hinder maintenance work. Ivy may also provide access for intruders and harbour pests such as mice.

Where brickwork is sound, the main problem is to keep growth away from gutters and paint work.

It has been suggested that vegetation attached to walls could lead to dampness resulting from slower drying conditions following rain. This may be plausible on a south-west facing wall where the rain is driven by prevailing winds. However, other sources suggest that such plants will have a slight drying effect on mortar and will also provide some degree of insulation in winter, particularly evergreen ivies covering exposed north and east-facing walls.

Large climbers can pose a risk to buildings. Such problems are most likely with older property, those with shallow foundations and those built on clay soils.

 

If you have Ivy growing in an unwanted area, or need to bring some control to your Ivy feel free to get in contact for a free quotation either by email or by calling 0800 072 7755

 

 

 

Size Doesn’t Matter

At JJ&B Treecare Ltd we don’t always focus on larger trees.  We also prune and maintain  smaller trees.

 Size really does not matter, no job is too big or too small.

 

Last week our team went to work on this small Weeping Silver Birch Tree.  

JJ&B have maintained this tree for some years now and it was again due for thinning maintenanace which we carried out.  We thinned the branches out by 25% removing all minor dead wood, decayed wood, rubbing and crossing branches.

 

For a free quotation please call 07966 265 373 or email us, we will only be too happy to help.  If you would like to research our company some more feel free to look at our reviews on Checkatrade.com where we are approved and recommended contractors.

Tree Of Heaven

We have been carrying out pruning works on 3 Tree Of Heaven ( Ailanthus) at Wentworth Primary School, Dartford.  Recommended by Kent County Council as approved tree surgeons.

As you will be able to see in the before and after pictures, the difference it makes once all dead wood, decayed wood,  rubbing and crossing branches have been removed.  This will allow the tree to regenerate more healthily and in a uniform fashion.

JJ&B Treecare understand the importance of being able to provide documents such as  Public Liability Insurance, DBS Checks and other relevant documents. Not only does this put the customer’s mind at peace, but in this situation the parents of the children who were attending school on this day.  We pride ourselves in not only paying great attention to the tree we are working on but also the job as a whole.

 If you require a tree specialist  that not only will provide great arboriculture practice but also provide the safety net with being able to provide proof of safety checks, full training certificates and insurances then JJ&B are your company.

Feel free to contact us via email or by telephone on 07966 265 373.

 

Willow Tree

Today was a very sad day in Petts Wood, Kent.   For many years now we have maintained this stunning Willow Tree, due to being heavily decayed throughout the centre core of the tree it became unstable and needed carefully dismantling. Several fungi cause wood decay in willow trees.  Wood decays are often invisible diseases, rotting the interior of the tree’s trunk and weakening the tree so that it can fall without warning.

There are many reasons for decay, one being harsh and incorrect pruning.  Though we have looked after this tree for 5 years now, unfortunately by the time we took over the damage had already been caused. We tried our very best to maintain the tree, but it was past the point of saving.

At JJ&B Treecare we cannot stress enough the importance of having the correct pruning management carried out on your trees.  If you feel a Willow Tree or any tree on your land or garden could be suffereing with decay please contact us for a FREE HEALTH CHECK.  To get straight through to the man himself who has been in the industry for many years and prides himself in gaining the very best knowledge call Joe on 07966 265 373 or email a member of our admin team to arrange a call back today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree Reports

Health & Safety Tree Reports

Are you concerned about the welfare of your trees or even concerned that your tree may pose as a threat of subsidence to your property, then  Health & Safety Tree Report is needed and JJ&B Treecare can help!

We have a dedicated team of Arborists who are experienced and trained/qualified to the very best standards whom are able to visit your home and carry out an Arboriculture Consultancy Report.

They will examine and inspect your tree, by then providing you with the results of their findings and their trusted recommendations on what action to take.

On a weekly basis we deal with tree’s that are within a conservation area or do have a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) against them meaning works cannot be carried out without application to the council and permissions granted.  To carry out the application as you can imagine can be time consuming, however this is something our dedicated team of Arborists can do for you.

If you would more information please feel free to call or email.  We will only be too happy to help.

 

Emergency Call Out in Kent

The past few days we have blogged about the strong winds and fallen trees.  Yesterday Bromley, Bexley and surrounding areas were affected by more strong winds and torrential rain.  Whilst many of us were indoors out the rain, JJ&B were out quoting and attending to emergency call outs, where trees had fallen on to cars, in front gardens etc.

 

If one of your trees has been affected please call or email remembering we are open 24 hours offering an Emergency Call Out Service.

Lebanese Cedar

Over the past few days we have been working on a Lebanese Cedar Tree which was located in Petts Wood, Orpington. Due to strong winds had lost a large branch and section of the tree, which we paid attention to and cleared away. Unfortunately once again after more strong winds the tree shed another main branch, which upon our customers request and our recommendation we carefully dismantled the tree to avoid it shedding any more causing potential damage to the properties below.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT YOUR TREE MAY HAVE BRANCHES AT RISK OF BREAKING CALL OR EMAIL  OUR TEAM SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH A FREE QUOTATION.

Here are just a few pictures taken whilst our workmen carried out the works required. Fortunately no damage was caused or harm came to anyone from the branch breaking.

 

Fallen Tree? Call JJ&B

Have you had a fallen tree recently because of the strong winds this January?

Call or email JJ&B Treecare, we will give you a free quotation. 0800 072 7755 / 07966 265 373