When is the best time to cut trees?

When is the best time to cut trees? When it comes to looking after your domestic garden or a commercial site, there are always jobs to be done. From cutting a hedge to taking care your lawn, there is always something which needs attention. One job that is certainly important is pruning trees to keep them in good condition and shape. It is key to know that there is an optimum time during the year to do this, in order to get the best results. But when is this?

When is the best time to cut your trees?

Generally speaking it is best to do this job once the leaves have fallen off in autumn but before new growth appears in spring. It is this in-between stage which is the most sensible time to cut trees back and attend to any pruning which may be required. But why is it best to prune trees during this period?

It really is all about the life cycle of the tree itself and cutting at a time when no damage will be done to it. After Autumn has begun and the leaves have fallen, trees will go into a dormant status where no new growth is happening. The falling temperatures outside also help to play their part in halting any growth in your trees too. By pruning at this point and before spring arrives, you are sure to not damage any new growth which could otherwise have started. Improper pruning can create lasting damage or even shorten a tree’s life.

Why should you prune trees at all?

If all this sounds like a lot of effort then you may wonder, why bother pruning your trees at all? The simple answer is correct pruning, with an understanding of tree biology, can help maintain good tree health and structure while enhancing the aesthetic and economic values of trees within your garden and surrounding landscape.

Because each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. Common reasons for pruning are to remove dead branches, to improve form, and to reduce risk. Trees may also be pruned to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below. In most cases, mature trees are pruned as corrective or preventive measures.

Call Hi-Line today for professional tree management services

If you have neither the time nor inclination to prune your own trees, then call Hi-Line today on 033 345 678 86. Cutting trees is really only a task for the professionals who can use their experience and tree surgeon tools to do it safely. It really is not worth risking personal injury by carrying out work like this yourself. Contact us today for more details on cheap tree pruning and how our experienced team of tree surgeons can help.

Everything you need to know about Ash Dieback

If you own land with Ash trees, it is essential to understand and be able to deal with the consequences of Ash Dieback.

What is Ash Dieback?

Caused by a fungus named Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (historically referred to as Chalara fraxinea), Ash Dieback is a disease that affects Ash trees. This disease causes Ash trees to lose leaves and their crowns to dieback, ultimately leading to the tree dying. Ash Dieback can affect trees of any age, however, younger trees usually die more quickly when exposed to the fungus. The disease originated in Asia, and has little effect on its native hosts Asian and Chinese Ash trees, but can be devastating for European Ash trees as they do not have a natural tolerance or defence against it.

What are the signs of Ash Dieback?

Ash Dieback can be identified by multiple symptoms. Trees that have been seriously affected by the disease will usually show all of the following symptoms…

• Dark patches on leaves that are evident in summer
• Black and wilting leaves
• Leaves shedding and falling early
• Shoot and leaf dieback evident in summer
• Diamond-shaped, dark brown lesions between branches and the tree trunk
• The bark looks discoloured and grey underneath the lesions
• Tree showing signs of stress such as new growth from dormant buds.

What impact does Ash Dieback have?

As the fungus causes leaves to shed, the infected leaves will fall and litter the ground. The Ash leaves will then produce white fruiting bodies which introduce spores into the environment. Due to the wind and other natural factors, the spores can be blown miles away from the infected tree. The spores turn into a fungus and grow inside the Ash tree, blocking its water system and causing its death.

Experts estimate that due to the disease the UK will potentially lose 95% of its Ash trees. This will not only affect the UK’s biodiversity but will cause the UK to lose many of its natural habitats.

Is there any hope for Ash trees?

Some Ash trees may be tolerant to the disease, meaning that over time the Ash tree population may be able to recover. This will only be possible if landowners are vigilant if they spot Ash Dieback.

What to do if you suspect Ash Dieback

If you suspect that any Ash trees on your land are infected with Ash Dieback, immediately collect the suspect leaves and burn or bury them safely to prevent the spores from spreading. Next, contact a tree surgeon UK landowners can count on, such as Hi-Line. At Hi-Line, we are a tree care company that can identify and help manage Ash Dieback. For more information about our tree care services, contact us today!

We’re An Armed Forces Friendly Organisation

We are thrilled to be signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, by making this pledge we have committed to support those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, by ensuring they are treated fairly.

This includes supporting the employment of those with family in the forces by offering flexibility in working hours and leave around partner deployment; offering support to our colleagues who choose to be members of the Reserve forces; and supporting cadet units in our local community.

Our training team and manager Kirsty McNicol provide a number of training days alongside HighGround, They provide access to a wide range of rural skills and experiences for service leavers and veterans.

You can find out more here.


Tree Arborist VS Tree Surgeon: The Differences

If you’re contemplating hiring a professional to thin or cut back trees and shrubs in your garden, on your land or for your commercial site, one of the first questions you’ll probably want answering is “what is a tree surgeon” and is this the right solution for my trees? In our opinion, the difference between tree surgeons and tree arborists is slight, that’s because the team here at Hi-Line deal with all kinds of work, including domestic tree surgery, tree management, and commercial site clearance. Unfortunately, though, the abundance of what can only be termed “cowboy” tree surgeons in the UK’s modern marketplace has really given the trade a bad name.

What is arboriculture?

The term arboriculture refers to the care and cultivation of individual trees, which is a fairly broad definition that encompasses both tree surgeons and tree arborists. However, many of today’s tree surgeons don’t have the knowledge or education needed to understand exactly why they’re cutting trees and the ways this can impact on the growth, safety and health of a tree.

Tree surgeon vs tree arborist in a nutshell

As noted above, if you’re seeking a good tree care company for work throughout the UK, it’s important to choose someone who knows what they are doing and has the right equipment. There are lots of fantastic tree surgeons in the UK, doing a brilliant job of tree cutting and tree care. Just because these individuals term themselves tree surgeons doesn’t mean they don’t have a clue about cutting back different types of trees. But, as noted in our first paragraph some of the “cowboys” on the market have given the trade a bad name.

Many contemporary tree surgeons now term themselves, tree arborists, in order to distance themselves somewhat from the sort of chainsaw cowboys that simply hack and chop branches from trees, without really knowing what they’re doing. Ultimately, when you opt for this sort of service, you could lose your trees altogether, potentially damage your property and over budget.

If you’re looking for professional tree surgeons with arboriculture knowledge, qualifications and skills, get in touch with Hi-Line to discuss your needs today. We can handle the toughest jobs, whether in domestic or commercial premises and our specialists are fully trained and qualified in providing the best tree care services, as well as environmental practices. And, yes, we’re still happy to term ourselves “tree surgeons”, but on the understanding that all our professionals have been fully trained and are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are equipped to provide proper tree care.

A quick guide to choosing the right tree surgeon

When it comes to looking after trees, it is essential to call in expert help. This is true whether it is Tree surgery for commercial premises or in your own garden. However, it is also key to find the right tree care company to carry out the required work. This will ensure it is done in the correct manner without any risk of damage to the tree, damage to your property or personal injury to yourself.

If you are currently looking for tree care services, the below are the most essential things to bear in mind…..

Do they have any accreditations?

Finding a tree care company with accreditations is a fast way to gauge their competence. Accreditations from external organisations play an important role in both demonstrating their technical competence, integrity and providing a tool for continuous improvement and benchmarking within the tree care industry. Gaining accreditations sets them apart from the competition so you know a tree surgeon is reputable if they hold them. The most sought after are the ARB Approved Contractor award and the CHAS accreditation.

Check their experience and reputation

The best place to begin is by having a close look at any tree care company you may use. Have a look online to read any reviews past customers may have left and to get a feel for their reputation. You should also check out how experienced they are and how long they have been in business. A long-running business with a team of experienced tree surgeons and many successful previous jobs is normally a good sign.

Value for money

While you want to get the best quality result, the cost of having any work done will come into play. You should look for a company that delivers the best value tree cutting quotes for the services they will deliver. It is important to note that this is not always the cheapest – you should weigh up what you get for your money to determine which is the best value.

Outstanding customer service

Customer service is another key area when choosing your tree surgeon. After all, you do not want to hire a company that has rude staff on your premises. It is also not ideal if you hire a firm that is hard to get in touch with or does not reply to messages. Check out how easy they are to get hold of first and speak with them on the phone to measure how polite and professional they are.

Get in touch today for professional tree care

At Hi-Line, we offer professional tree surgery to commercial and domestic clients. We are confident that we hit all the above criteria to deliver the best service possible. If you need any advice, call us today.

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Devon County Show 2019

Below is a snippet of an interview with Sir Harry Studholme Bt Dl, the forestry commission’s chairman and also president of Devon County Show who are also celebrating 100 years of the forestry commission.

We cannot wait to share with you all the exciting things Hi-Line have on offer at the 2019 show…. Keep your eyes peeled.


Forestry Commission Woods and Forests is providing 100 new trees at Westpoint Showground, home of the Devon County Show, as part of its centenary year celebrations.
A commemorative Lucombe Oak, An evergreen hybrid discovered by Exeter nurseryman William Lucombe in the late 18th century. Will be the centrepiece among the new trees being donated by the Forestry Commission. The Lucombe Oak will be planted at Westpoint by the Commission’s chairman Sir Harry Studholme Bt DL.
Sir Harry, who also happens to be the Devon County Show’s new President said: “The Forestry Commission is celebrating its centenary with events all over the UK but I can think of nowhere more special or appropriate than the Devon County Show, to mark this prestigious year. The Forestry Commission planted its first trees in Devon at Eggesford Forest 100 years ago. So it seems fitting that we mark our centenary here in Devon and the County Show at Westpoint is the perfect place.”
Other trees being planted as part of the celebrations at the Show (taking place May 16-18) will be:

80 beech (of which 60 are Copper Beech
14 Honeysuckle
5 Spindle

Many of the trees have already been planted in what will be the County Show’s dedicated Hi-Line Country Life and Woodland Area. Some have been planted in such a way that they will provide new hedging at the showground.
Other celebrations to mark the Forestry Commission’s centenary will include a show ale – Forest Centenary Ale – being brewed specially for the occasion and for sale exclusively over the event. There’ll also be a campaign to find Devon’s favourite tree.

Sir Harry added: “As we face ever greater environmental challenges there has never been a more important time for the Forestry Commission. We look forward to sharing our message and news of our work ensuring our nation’s forests are resilient for generations to come. And to welcoming tree-lovers young and old at the Hi-Line Country Life and Woodland Area.”


Fun Family Woodland Activities

Here at Hi-Line, we are experts at woodland management. From carrying out surveys to felling trees, we do it all, but what is woodland management actually for?
The management of our woodlands helps to maintain them so that future generations can enjoy them as much as we do. Today, it is about making sure that they continue to thrive and provide habitats for all of our wildlife and also be somewhere we can go to surround ourselves in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

With the imminent arrival of autumn, now is the perfect time for you and your family to head out and see how the changing seasons impact our woodland; from the changing colours of the leaves to the changing habits of our wildlife. There are so many different activities which you and your family can do, here are our favourites:


Walking is a great way to explore your local woodlands. If you are unsure of where you can go for a walk then check out the Woodland Trust’s page which has a map of all of their woodlands, which are free to visit, all you have to do is enter your postcode and it will find all the local woodlands to you. Just remember to wear suitable shoes and take waterproof coats!


This can be a great family activity, teaching your children all about wild foods and where to find them. It is always advisable to check whether you are allowed to forage as not every woodland owner allows it. There are lots of different wild foods which grow around Britain. You could find wild strawberries, blackberries and elderberries, all of which can be used to create delicious jams. Just make sure that you don’t over-forage, remember that these fruits and berries could also be eaten by wildlife and are very important!

Animal Spotting:

This is another fun activity to do with your children. Encourage them to look around and point out as many different wildlife species that they can find, perhaps they could make a list. There are many different species of mammals, birds, butterflies and more that live in our woodlands that they are sure to be kept busy for hours exploring and discovering.


Get creative whilst out and about by collecting small and available things which you can later compile into a scrapbook. Items such as leaves, flowers, bark, twigs and even your photographs of the woodland can be put together in a scrapbook and will be a constant reminder of your favourite woodland or the day that you spent there together. However, always remember to collect responsibly! Don’t take too much, disturb or damage the woodland, this can have bad consequences for the wildlife and plants that live there.

If you would like to talk about any woodland management issues, or get advice on a particular problem, then please get in touch with the Hi-Line team today and we will be happy to help.