Tree Surgery

What is Tree Surgery?

Tree surgery, also known as arboriculture, is the practice of diagnosing, treating, and preventing tree diseases and insect infestations, as well as removing dead, damaged or hazardous parts of trees. It involves the use of specialized tools and techniques to prune, trim, and shape trees for aesthetic, safety, or functional purposes, such as improving their health, increasing their stability, or clearing them from power lines or obstructing views.

Tree surgeons, or arborists, are trained professionals who are knowledgeable in tree biology and care, and use specialized equipment such as chainsaws, pruning shears, and rigging systems to perform tree surgeries. 

Types of Tree Surgery

Pruning, Pollarding, Crown Lifting, Limb Removal and Felling and Winching

Pruning: Tree pruning is the process of removing certain branches, shoots, or roots from a tree to maintain or improve its health, structure, safety, or appearance. The aim of tree pruning is to promote the growth of strong and well-formed branches, to eliminate dead, diseased, or damaged wood, to reduce the risk of falling limbs, and to maintain the tree's shape and size in relation to its surroundings. It's important to prune trees correctly and at the right time to avoid damaging the tree or promoting decay. 


Pollarding: Tree pollarding is a pruning technique that involves removing the upper branches of a tree to encourage new growth from the trunk or lower branches. When a tree is pollarded, its branches are removed close to the trunk, leaving stubs that will regrow into new branches. This process is repeated every several years to maintain the desired size and shape of the tree. Properly performed, tree pollarding can promote healthy growth, improve the structural stability of the tree, and increase its lifespan. 


Crown Lifting: Crown lifting is a tree pruning technique that involves the selective removal of the lower branches of a tree, typically to increase clearance between the ground and the lowest branches. This technique can be used to improve the appearance of the tree, to increase light penetration, and to provide clearance for pedestrians or vehicles.


Limb Removal: Limb removal is the practice of selectively cutting off or removing limbs or branches from a tree. It is typically done for safety reasons, to remove dead or diseased branches. Limb removal may be necessary when a tree has damaged or diseased branches that are at risk of falling, or when a tree's structure is compromised and needs to be improved.


Felling: Tree felling is the practice of cutting down a tree in a controlled manner. It is typically done for a variety of reasons, including clearing land for development or agriculture, removing hazardous, dangerous or dead trees. Here at Leicester Tree Care we genuinely care about trees and about preserving them for future generations. We will always try our best to preserve the life of healthy trees, where that’s not possible we will try and look at options of re-planting in a more suitable location.


Winching: Tree winching is a technique used to remove or reposition trees or tree parts that cannot be safely cut down or pruned by conventional means. It involves using a winch, which is a mechanical device that is attached to a tree or a tree part, to exert force and move it in a controlled manner.




Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding - A same day or next day service is now available.

Soil gravel and stones can blunt a chainsaw chain in seconds, can clog up the oil supply for the chain, and cause premature wear to the bar and chain of the chainsaw.. Therefore a chainsaw can not be used to remove tree roots or a tree stump.


The grinding of the stump and roots, after a tree has been felled and removed, is a seperate process and requires the use of heavy grinding machinery.


A stump grinder or stump cutter is a power tool or equipment attachment that removes tree stumps and roots by means of a rotating cutting disk that chips away the wood.


Stump grinders can be the size of a lawn mower or as large as a truck. Most accomplish their task by means of a high-speed disk with teeth that grind the stump and roots into small chips. The one seen in the picture is most commonly used for residential stumps and measures 740mm wide, suitable for narrow access.


A before and after picture showing the stump grinder removing the stump completely to a depth of approximately 18 inches (terms and conditions apply)

In addition to our tree surgery services, we also offer a range of other services to meet the needs of our clients. Here are some of the services we provide:

Other Services


Trimming hedges regularly can help maintain their shape and size, creating an attractive and neat appearance. Regular hedge trimming can stimulate new growth, resulting in denser, healthier hedges. We have an extensive list of tools to get the job done, including up to 7.4 metre high adjustable terrain mobile scaffolding, pole pruners and loppers. 6 foot pole pruning chainsaw. 6 foot pole hedge trimmer, ropes and harnesses.

Landscaping and Fencing

One of the most important services that Leicester Tree Care offer is the provision of new trees and plants for future generations.
We can help assist with the planning of your new garden or renovation of an existing area, rejuvenating existing plants and transplanting or adding where necessary.
From the smallest bulbs, perennials, shrubs and hedges to mature trees, we can create beds, borders, rockeries, wildlife areas and sensory gardens.

Grounds Maintenance

Our grounds and property maintenance service is available for those managing or requiring services for larger areas, building sites or commercial premises.

We can tailor our services to meet your requirements and budget, from one off tidies to weekly or monthly maintenance visits.


Our services include: Grass mowing, hedge trimming, tree work, strimming, leaf collection, litter picking, herbicide/weed treatment, brash chipping, waste disposal.

Emergency Work and Storm Damage

If you’ve got a tree problem that requires immediate attention, no matter what time of the day or night, 365 days of the year, we can help, even if it’s initially to make a dangerous tree safe or reopen an access.


Having worked in partnership with Leicestershire county council highways to provide an out of hours emergency service for removal of fallen trees since 2011, you can put your trust in us, knowing that we will deal with your emergency safely and efficiently.

The Tree Surgery Company You Need

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