Stay safe in the garden this winter

Stay safe in the garden this winter

There’s an old saying that if you want something doing right you should do it yourself. That might apply in some cases, but when it comes to delicate operations and heavy machinery, getting the professionals in to give you a hand could pay dividends.

Hedge cutting is an arduous task for all of us who have a hedge in the back garden, and the equipment we use to keep it in check can be pretty dangerous if not used correctly. Likewise, if you need to cut heavy, rotten or snapped branches off a tree, you’re probably better off asking for help.

If you’re not as young as you used to be, even something as simple as painting the garden shed or clearing out guttering has the potential for a nasty fall, so employ the services of a handyman for any high up jobs that you can’t complete easily.

And when it comes to lifting and carrying, the same applies. Lifting heavy paving slabs or bags of compost could do permanent damage to some peoples’ backs, making a gardener a sound investment that could save your mobility.

For most of us there’s at least one task in the garden we find arduous or downright difficult, so save the stress and call in the professionals.

Are you ready for the wet and windy weather to come?

After a spell of good weather in early autumn, it’s fair to say that the cold, wet, and windy weather is finally upon us. As storms and gales work their way across the United Kingdom this week, and with plenty more wet weather to come over the next few months, you need to make sure that you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you.

For many people, this means checking the structural soundness of their property, which is a good idea, but lots of people forget about their gardens or outside spaces. When it rains, you need to make sure that your garden is clean and tidy, and here’s a few reasons why.

When it rains, the water needs to be able to run away properly, otherwise you could get mould and damp inside your home, and pools of water in the garden. During the winter, falling leaves are the major reason behind blocked drains and guttering, so make sure you clean yours whenever you can. Or you could employ a tree surgeon to clip back your trees and hedges, helping you avoid blocked drains and gutters altogether. This also means not having to constantly check whether any leaves are blocking your drains or guttering, saving you lots of time in the future.

What to look for in a tree surgeon

Putting your trust in a contractor in any field comes with its associated risks, which is why it’s so important to make sure you’re hiring somebody with the right credentials for the job at hand. If you’re looking to hire a tree surgeon, here is our comprehensive checklist of things to look for.


Becoming a qualified arborist is no easy feat – trust us, we should know! A tree surgeon should study the trade and receive the appropriate certificates from the National Proficiency Test Council for Tree Climbing, Aerial Rescue, and Chainsaw Operations. A person with these qualifications is fit for the job.


Always check for liability insurance before hiring anyone to carry out tree surgery on your property, as this will cover any unexpected mishaps on site. A good arborist with the right qualifications should complete the job problem-free, but it’s always good to be covered.


It is important that all tree surgeons have an awareness of safety and abide by the regulations in place. When hiring somebody, check that their machinery has been recently checked and that they are carrying out safety checks of the site before starting any work.

If you’re looking for an arborist in your area who is fully qualified, insured, and always follows regulations, then contact us today. We’re experts in our field, and always get the job done to a fantastic standard!

Three rules to abide by for a healthy hedge

Hedges are common features in many gardens and can either serve as a dividing line between gardens or be purely ornamental. Hedges provide shade, privacy and can be an important wildlife habitat, but an untrimmed and uncared-for hedge can soon get out of control and ruin the look of any garden.

1. Know your hedge!

Different hedges have different hedge trimming needs, so some quick research might help you on your way. Don’t trim old hedges too fiercely, or too much in one go, as the shock alone can kill them off. Fast growing hedges, such as conifers, can grow very quickly so need trimming three times a year for example, whereas a slower-growing evergreen hedge would be fine with one annual trim.

2. Seasonal variation

Most hedges need trimming in spring or summer, ideally, but some can be trimmed all year round. Remembering to water them during exceptionally dry or hot periods is also a good idea.

3. Don’t be afraid to call in the experts!

Tackling a difficult job without professional expertise or the right equipment can lead to expensive mistakes or even injury, so be careful and don’t take on more than you can handle. If you’re tackling a monster hedge, don’t have the right tools or knowledge for the job or simply want so sit back and relax while you let a professional hedge cutter take care of things – expert advice from LeafMatters is only a phone call away!

Based in Sevenoaks we can provide tree surgery services across Kent and these areas

We accept tree surgery enquiries from all these areas

Leaf Matters Professional Tree Surgery Ltd are tree surgeons in Sevenoaks offering tree felling, tree clearing, hedge maintenance, pruning and reducing. We are available for tree planting and advice on tree ecology as well as emergency tree work. Based in Sevenoaks we are happy to offer our tree surgery services all around the Sevenoaks area.

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