Frequently asked questions


Q. I live in a conservation area/ my trees have TPO's (tree presevation order)


A. The application process can take up to 8 weeks and can be done by kay bradley tree care. Trees in consevation areas or which are under TPO protection must be applied for prior to any work being undertaken or a penalty can be given and we dont want that. All trees we work on are checked whether they are protected.


Q. What happens to all the tree material?


A. All tree waste (wood, branches, sawdust etc.) is removed from site and your garden will be left tidy. Wood chippings are taken to horse stables or farmers who later spread it on crops. The wood can be cut and split into firewood for you or taken away.


Q. I have a tree growing over my house, can it be removed? What happens if there any damage to my property?


A. We undertake all trees in any situation, we know what we are doing. We use the latest techniques and equiptment to ensure no damage happens; however we are insured up to £5 million for damages to property, just to be on the safe side.


Q. How Stable is my tree?


A. There are several key factors that can make trees fail, amoung them are:

  •  Human damage, generally to the stem and roots
  • Natural damage, generally Wind, rain and snow 
  • Bilogical damage (fungal and bacterial infections)
  • Where trees grow with poor form, generally on unions, lateral branches or by being too slender.

Using Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) I can detect these early warning signs for you to give you an understanding of your trees' health; From this we can make an informed decision as to what management is applicable. When I give a quote I perform a VTA and will give you advice on tree maintenance.


Q. Will there be a big stump left in my garden?

wont that get annoying to mow around?


A. Yes there will be a stump left after cutting the tree down and it will get in the way when you are mowing. Stumps can be removed by grinding. Grinding will create a mound of dirt/ mulch that can be grass seeded or planted over.


Q. My garden is too dark but I like the trees, what can we do to let more light in?


A. we can reduce (and/or thin) the crown to allow more light in to you garden. Reducing a tree is a more sensitive and forward thinking management than a pollard. Reductions allow a tree to keep its natural shape (albeit a bit smaller) and dont 'shock' a tree into producing a million new shoots the following year. Reduction-pruning-cuts' are done in a way that allows a tree to heal the wound and reduce its susceptability to pests and diseases. This is favourable over; cutting a large diameter pollard that wont heal properly (which lets diseases in), and letting new shoots grow from that point.