What does it cost?
Tree Surgery: This is a question we get asked a lot. Every tree is different and we have to visit to provide a quotation in order to assess the amount of waste to be removed (if any), the type of work being carried out, site access, time-scale, etc. Also, we have to consider options such as stump removal and/or poisoning if needed.
Landscaping: Works such as fencing and turfing also need a thorough assessment to be able to provide an accurate quotation as there are so many different things to discuss.
Gardening: This is slightly different. Some companies charge per hour, some per job. We charge per job, this way we can make sure the garden or grounds we are caring for are left in tip top condition every time, and you know what the cost is going to be. Tommy is the face you'll always see on site, with the rare occasion of another to cover holidays or sickness.
All visits include (unless stated otherwise on the quotation) Lawn Mowing and Strimming, Weeding, Spraying, Hedge Trimming, Pruning, Litter Picking, Leaf Clearance, Turning over of Soil and Flower Beds and General Gardening Tasks. We will initially use your compost heaps and garden waste bins for the waste we produce, removing excess waste in our vehicle. We can work to your requirements and only offer specific services such as lawn mowing or only hedge trimming if needed. Sundries such as bark, membrane, plants, feed, treatments, etc. will be charged extra.
Do we need to worry about nesting birds?
Nesting birds are protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. When quoting tree surgery for your trees and hedges we are able to advise you on this. At certain times of year we may avoid tree pruning and hedge trimming if we suspect birds are nesting. We will advise on the best time of year for tree works to be undertaken.
What is the best time of year to prune trees?
Most trees can be pruned at any time of year. However, certain species are more sensitive to pruning than others at different times of the year. We will advise you on the best times to carry out arboricultural work on your trees.
What if the weather is bad?
We do our best to work in all weather conditions. We carry out our services all year round. There may be some delay due to severe weather such as storms, snow and high winds - we will keep you up to date if there are any problems that will affect you in any way. Depending on the rainfall, we may still be able to carry out our regular garden maintenance services - if this is not the case we will contact you with plenty of notice to re-arrange.
Do I need permission to carry out work on my trees?
Some trees are protected by law such as a tree preservation order (TPO) on a specific tree or group of trees, or you may live in a Conservation area. When providing a quote for tree or garden work we will check with your local authority to check if your trees are protected.
Can you apply to the council for me?
Tommy Clark’s Tree Surgery & Garden Maintenance Ltd can apply to the council for you. In most cases applications can take up to 6 weeks to receive a decision, due to the process of a site inspection and recommended works. We keep in contact with local councils and the client throughout this process.
What if my tree is protected but is in a dangerous condition?
If a tree is dead, dying, dangerous or in decline we do still have to obtain permission from your local authority before carrying out any work. Although this is a very speedy process and is usually finalized within 5 working days.
What if there is a power line, telephone wire or underground cables?
We are able to work around phone lines using rigging and lowering systems to protect the line from damage. Tommy Clark's Tree Surgery & Garden Maintenance Ltd are also able to deal with power network companies on your behalf to either shroud or temporarily shut down the power whilst we work on surrounding trees, with minimal disruption to you and your neighbours in mind.