What to do about your neighbour’s overhanging tree

What to do about your neighbour’s overhanging tree

An overhanging tree from a neighbour’s garden can be a nuisance for all sorts of reasons. It can block out light, inhibit the growth of other plants or trees and drop leaves on your lawn. This frustrating experience can be even worse if you don’t know what to do about it. Fortunately, the law – for once, you might say – is relatively straightforward on this issue, and it leaves (no pun intended) the solution in your hands.

As long as the tree isn’t protected, you’re allowed to prune any branches back to the property boundary. This usually means drawing an imaginary vertical line above your garden fence, with everything that falls on your side being fair game. Make sure you offer any cuttings back to your neighbour – it’s likely this will just be a symbolic gesture, but it keeps you on the right side of the law.

In some cases, this might be a job you can do yourself, but you should consider contacting Leaf Matters for anything involving significant pruning. As professional arborists, we’ll make sure the job is done properly without causing any permanent damage to the tree, your fence or your relationship with the people next door.

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Keeping a healthy spring in your step

You’d be surprised at the amount of calories that can be burnt just from a simple day tending to your garden. Harvard Medical School’s research shows that someone around nine stone can burn 150 calories in just thirty minutes of digging, and non-motorised mowing sheds 165 in the same amount of time, and raking the lawn 120 calories. Half an hour of splitting wood can even achieve the same as half an hour of lifting weights.

Squatting while weeding and planting requires a lot of muscle work, as does standing on one leg while pruning, clipping and digging.

Bunny Guinness, award-winning garden designer and co-author of Garden Your Way To Health And Fitness, who was diagnosed with a slipped disc when she was eleven, says, “The wonderful thing about gardening is that, unlike repetitive exercises at the gym, it can provide all over-body fitness – raking, weeding, digging and other gardening tasks all use different muscles and test your body in different ways… It’s best to limit your activity on one thing, so rotate your garden jobs… and, most importantly, stretch, which makes a huge difference to me.”

People with small gardens can make up for it by doing step-ups or bench presses, and rake with both sides, and it is also advised to not use machinery like leaf-blowers, which pick things off the ground so you don’t have to.

Watering Your Trees the Best

Of course you know that watering is important for any form of tree and plant life. But there are various things you need to do to ensure the best care for your newly planted trees.

It is common for people to use too much water; an overly soggy tree can be a drowning tree. Keep them just moist; 30 seconds of a steady follow from your standard garden hose is enough, changing up the diffuser nozzle for each tree. Mulching the soil allows the moisture to keep. Check the moisture by creating a small trench with a garden trowel and touching the soil.

Water a tree soon as you plant it. For the first couple of years, use wood-chip mulch on the soil, and deep water the soil by making sure all the roots are moist. This allows them to establish themselves in the soil quicker, so the tree doesn’t use too much energy. After two years this process will be complete and your tree will be able to deal with a larger range of weather and watering conditions.

Enthusiasts living in areas prone to dry spells would do best with drought-tolerant trees, as they are adapted to prolonged drought periods. They still require the same amount of watering as your standard tree. Likewise, people living in especially wet areas should invest in high soil moisture-tolerant trees.

National Gardening Week

We at Leaf Matters know full well the joy that comes in maintaining a well-kept and healthy garden, and it seems like the rest of the country agrees with us!
On Monday 11th of April, National Gardening Week will commence its fifth annual festivities of horticultural wonders.

There are plenty of events and open garden viewings going around, and information (as well as tips on how to organise your own) can be found at http://nationalgardeningweek.org.uk/. We’ve listed events local to us here:

Plenty of daily events at the beautiful RHS Garden Wisley, in Woking, Surrey, ranging from tree climbing demonstrations to fitness workouts and a chance to learn from their own gardeners. More info @ https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

Tuesday 12th the Busy Bees nursery at Maidstone Hospital will be spending their time outdoors gardening and planting. More info @ www.busybeedschildcare.co.uk

On Thursday 14th between 10:00 and 15:00 Kent Association for the Blind will be holding a workshop at their centre on London Road, Canterbury, on how those have developed eyesight problems can get back into gardening. Tea and biscuits provided, and those with sight loss can get in free. More info @ http://www.kab.org.uk

The National Gardening Week website also has a long list featuring plenty of ways you can celebrate in your own garden, from building bee hotels to caring for wildlife and getting started on your own allotment.

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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