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Numerous studies now believe that there is a link between your trees and plants condition and your mental health. There is continuing evidence that you can get Health Benefits from your Garden being kept it in good shape.

Universities have researched this and found that by keeping your trees and plants properly trimmed & healthy has helped in the fight to reduce depression, stress and anxiety, as well as being outside being good for your Physical Health. Gardening is also considered high intensity exercise. It is recommended you spend up to 45 minutes gardening a few times a week as part of a good strategy. A good way to encourage you to go into your garden is by purchasing Garden Supplies to make your garden look the best it can be.

Some people claim that the garden helped them recover from various illnesses and that it is a way to ‘heal communities.’ One woman from the royal horticultural society believes that Gardening is about happiness and even though sometimes it gets tough in the end ‘it’s just a joy.’

Here at Leaf Matters Professional Tree Surgery we take pride on providing the best possible approach to tree care.

In order to keep your trees pruned and healthy contact us today on 01732 451 351

Take a look outside. If you’ve had any recent snow, then it may have left everything looking a bit mucky and dishevelled. So, if it’s not too cold, go outside and have a good tidy up.
Deadhead winter bedding to prolong flowering.

Cut down old top-growth on your perennials and clear away any leaves that are resting on top of plants. Add these to your compost. Clear away dead growth from your old annual climbers, but leave their roots in the ground.
Prune your shrubs and trees. Call Leaf Matters for advice on this.
Keep on top of winter-germinating weeds. Early weeds such as will germinate and grow fast in mild spells over the next few weeks. Tackle these as they appear with a hoe or rake.
Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth starts.
Prune wisteria. Once wisteria become established, they can romp away if not kept in check. Prune in two stages – at this time of year, shoots are shortened to two or three buds along the lateral stems. In summer the long whippy growth is shortened. This way, you’ll contain the plant and get fantastic flowering.
Prune roses while they are dormant. Cut back to just above an outward facing bud and remove any crossing or dead/diseased branches.

Spread a layer of compost around shrubs and along the base of hedges.
Be ready to knock snow from any plants bending under the weight, as it may snap or damage fragile branches.
For further information and advice on tree pruning call Leaf Matters on 01732 451351.

Tree surgeons like Leaf Matters carry out various tasks on trees, including care and maintenance along with hazard assessments. The average tree surgeon is physically fit, not troubled by working at heights and generally has a passion for the environment. Having an interest in conservation is also a great quality to have.
Due to the delicate nature of the work and the dangerous equipment involved, extensive training is required. Ropes, ladders, harnesses, and a wide array of other safety and access equipment is utilised in this job and you need to know how to properly handle and use them. On top of this many tree surgeons use dangerous machinery like stump grinders and wood chippers. Training is needed before anybody uses any of these to maximise safety.
It is quite common for people to move into a tree surgery position after gaining experience as a ground worker that assists the surgeons. Health and safety applies to this job just like every other and people are required to wear protective gear whilst on the job.
If you are looking to get into this line of work it is an excellent idea to find some volunteering opportunities. The best thing to do is to contact your local National or Woodland Trust to find out if they have any opportunities for you. Specialist colleges have courses on offer that can also aid in finding work, such as the Level 2 Diploma in Arboriculture. Degree options exist too and relevant courses include forestry, countryside management, woodland ecology and conservation, and forest management.

Now that the cold, wet, and windy weather is finally upon us you need to make sure that you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. With recent flooding in the UK (again) now is the time to take action, if you haven’t already.

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 are 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.

If you’re on a woodland walk it’s not uncommon to spot a piece of wood on the ground that you think would be perfect for your fire, or even for decoration but it is important to realise that everything within a wood is the property of the woodland owner. As such, removing logs from a wood without the owner’s consent is considered theft. The rise in popularity of woodfuel burners in recent years has seen an increase in the incidents of timber theft in the UK, and it can be a serious problem for landowners.
Decaying wood is an essential part of the woodland habitat, providing a home for lots of species that cannot otherwise survive, as well as recycling nutrients and a whole host of other benefits. There are many insects, fungi, and lichens that need deadwood, and a log is often a micro-habitat full of life.Next time you’re on a walk, get close to some deadwood and see what you can spot. You might see holes drilled by insects, lots of mosses, tiny fungi, even a stag beetle, the larvae of which feed on dead and decaying wood. Different species of tree produce different types of deadwood habitat, so the things you spot growing on one log may be very different to the things you spot on the next log, even within the same wood.
If you need logs for your woodfuel burner, there are many businesses across the UK that produce wood for domestic burning, and you should be able to find one local to you. If you can’t find evidence that the logs are being produced sustainably, don’t be afraid to ask. Most businesses will be happy to discuss their woodland management practices with you if you have any concerns.

First mounted in 1975 National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.
National Tree Week is a great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Each year, The Tree Councils member organisations such as voluntary bodies and local authorities, up to 200 schools and community groups, our 8,000 tree wardens and many others, support the initiative by setting up fun, worthwhile and accessible events, inspiring upward of a quarter of a million people to get their hands dirty and together plant around a million trees.
We have been celebrating the importance of our trees for hundreds of years. Two of our great British trees were even commemorated on British stamps; the Oak tree in February 1973, and this was followed in February 1974 by a stamp featuring the Horse Chestnut tree.
Commonly described as the lungs of the earth, trees are such an important part of the world around us. They provide us with oxygen and are great for animals, birds and insects who need them for food and a home to live in. Did you know that a mature English Oak tree is home to over 284 species of insect alone! And that’s not counting all the other species that the Oak supports.
But with lots of trees being cut down all over the globe we can see that many humans take them for granted.
Although you might think there’s never a tree far away, the truth is that most places in Europe have many more wooded areas than our greenery here.
Every year during National Tree Week, Tree Council organisations, hundreds of schools and others set up fun tree-themed events open to the public.
With stories of rain forest deforestation and destruction seeming to come from so far away, it can be hard to remember that we can make a difference right here on our very door step.

We all enjoy the colours of autumn leaves. The changing fall foliage never fails to surprise and delight us. Did you ever wonder how and why a fall leaf changes colour? Why a maple leaf turns bright red? Where do the yellows and oranges come from?
As summer ends and autumn comes, the days get shorter and shorter. This is how the trees “know” to begin getting ready for winter.
During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer. They begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves.
As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colours. Small amounts of these colours have been in the leaves all along. We just can’t see them in the summer, because they are covered up by the green chlorophyll.
The bright reds and purples we see in leaves are made mostly in the fall. In some trees, like maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops. Sunlight and the cool nights of autumn cause the online slots leaves turn this glucose into a red color.
The brown colour of trees like oaks is made from wastes left in the leaves.
It is the combination of all these things that make the beautiful fall foliage colours we enjoy each year.
If you want to thinking of planting trees to enjoy their beautiful Autumn colours call Leaf Matters for expert advice on 01732 451351.

Now that autumn is here in all its copper-coloured glory, it’s the ideal time to give your trees a health check before the winter. You may have noticed some discolouration on leaves or have a wayward branch that requires pruning before the November winds arrive. After the leaves have fallen is also a time when many cracks and splits in tree trunks may become apparent. Cracks and splits can, of course, allow fungus to enter the tree, so if you notice any, it’s best to get them checked out by a professional.

Leaf Matters’ tree surgeons in Sevenoaks have a wealth of experience and can be on hand to give you expert diagnosis and then treatment if you’ve noticed any of these problems on your tree. If your tree requires removal, due to disease or because it is encroaching on your property, Leaf Matters can also advise you of a perfect replacement. Autumn is also a great time of year to plant a young sapling.

An overgrown or overly large tree can present extra problems in the autumn, as storms and snow can make them unstable. Leaf Matters can professionally and efficiently prune or carry out more major tree surgery for you to avoid any risk of falling branches damaging your property. Serving Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas, Leaf Matters’ work is always carried out to the very highest safety standards and we are proud of our expertise.

For all of your autumn tree surgery needs, give Leaf Matters a call!

Trees that have been allowed to grow too tall can soon impact on light levels in your garden and home. Particularly during winter, when light levels are reduced and the sun is lower in the sky, evergreen trees can stop much-needed light from entering your home, creating a gloomy interior. Lack of natural sunlight flooding into your home can also make your interior rooms colder, and you may have to put on the heating more frequently, impacting on your energy bills. If you are trying to sell your home, lofty trees that block light getting into your home may even put potential buyers off.

It’s not just the inside of your home that can be negatively affected by the lack of light caused by tall trees. Your garden will be cast in shade, meaning that it may suffer more from damp and poor drainage. You may be limited by the types of plants or flowers that will thrive in your garden, and there may be fewer spots to enjoy sunbathing on a warm day.

Getting a tree surgeon to reduce the height of any billowing trees you have can allow light to shine back into your home and garden again.

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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