How does Foxy Arboriculture work?
We offer a range of different cutting techniques adhering to British Standards BS3998:2010 and offer bespoke work on request. If you have a specific idea about what work you would like carried out to your tree(s), we are able to offer advice for the best outcome.
A fell is cutting a tree to its base, completely removing it from the environment. A dismantle or section fell is when a tree is taken down in stages, sometimes using a method called “rigging” where the logs/branches are lowered on a series of ropes and pulleys to avoid damage to the surrounding environment e.g., a shed, fence or building, or even a prized shrub under the tree.
The process involves the removal of the branches that make up the crown of the tree - these are then lowered to the ground, using ropes to prevent any unnecessary disturbance of the surrounding area. Once the crown has been removed, the remaining trunk is then cut into sections from top to bottom, then also lowered to the ground.
Our arborists can help you choose which technique would be the best option for your tree(s) to flourish and suit its environment.
We offer a stump grinding service, this is where the main body of the trunk below the ground is grind out by the way of using a stump grinder.
This reduces the stump to around 30cm below ground level, so it can then be covered with soil if desired
Poisoning using Ecoplugs
Ecoplugs are small pellets filled with a substance that kills root systems. They are inserted by drilling holes into the stump, allowing the plugs to penetrate several centimetres down.
The poison acts downwards and only on the root system of the stump which it is applied to. The pellets are self-contained, so will not affect other plants, soil, surface water, animals or humans, and the poison eventually degrades into natural compounds.
Ecoplug safety is in line with the EU Sustainable Use Directive 2009.
Pests and diseases
Oak Processionary Moths
First spotted in Richmond, they have spread throughout London and the South East. Although the arboriculture industry is trying to eradicate them, they are fighting a losing battle.
If spotted, it is advised to get them removed as quickly as possible and do not go near them as they are harmful to both humans and animals – they can cause respiratory problems, eye irritation and large rashes or boils. There is an NHS health warning page
They can be found on the underside of branches, most commonly joining the trunk of a tree, inside large webs with grey/black caterpillars. They have been known to cause damage to oaks, albeit only on very old ones with a small canopy.
Disposal of this species is done in full contamination suits, carefully removed and disposed of by fire as they are such a serious health risk.
Any sightings should be reported to the Forestry Commission via the Tree Alert online form. Alternatively, people can email [email protected] or call 0300 067 4442.
They have been known to eat large portions of tree canopies by late summer. They are not a large epidemic, but have led to many horse chestnut trees being in very poor condition; aesthetically unsightly and covered in brown leaves in summer.
They can sometimes be known to defoliate trees from tip to branches during mid to late summer, then go into hiding in the bark and sometimes the roots during the winter. Later the Woolly Aphid can develop into a small fly. If they begin to pose a problem to the tree, there are various treatments and methods of removal that can be explored. Badly affected branches can be pruned off, and a hose with soapy water used for those less affected. People have been known to use insecticides, but this is not necessary and may damage the surrounding environment. You can buy tree bands which prevent the flies climbing up the trunk thus preventing them from laying eggs again in the following year. Ladybird larvae are also a very good preventative as they are a natural predator. They can be bought in bags which you hang on the tree.