What is the importance of trees?

What is the importance of trees?

Of course many people will know a few Facts About Trees such as that they produce oxygen from when they use energy from sunlight however, what else do trees do? Throughout this blog we’re going to go through some Information About Trees and what the importance of trees is in our day to day lives, that many people may not be aware of.

Air pollution

Trees absorb carbon dioxide which is a part of photosynthesis. This also reduced the greenhouse gases which cause global warming.

They’re also helpful in removing harmful particulates which are things like dust, diesel gases etc. These can cause asthma and other breathing problems. Sycamore and lime trees are particularly good at this because of the Honey Dew and the hairs left on them.


In the winter, many trees keep us just that little bit warmer as the wind chill is reduced. They obstruct the wind and slow the air.

Plus, in the summer many people use trees as shade to keep out of the sun.

Some of these points may seem obvious to some of you however, a lot of people don’t consider what trees do for them.

If you have any Tree Surgery needs in the Sevenoaks area, then give us a call on 01732 451 351.

What to do in the garden in August

General tasks and General Garden Maintenance

The most important thing this month is to enjoy your garden; heady scents, glorious colours, an abundance of fruits and vegetables and hopefully more sunshine. What could be more enjoyable and satisfying than surveying the results of your hard work throughout the year? Throughout this blog we’re going to go through some Gardening Tips and Tricks for August.


Remember to water and feed your plants regularly, especially those in hanging baskets, pots or containers as well as climbers and roses growing against a sunny wall. Many a plant will not recover from a drought, so water regularly and do not resort to feast and famine.

Water hydrangeas with hydrangea colourant for true blue hydrangeas next year.

If possible, set up an automatic Watering Plants system for your vegetable plot, borders and even containers. They are worth their weight in gold and can work on a sensor system that detects how dry the soil is. Once you have one you will wonder why you did not install one years ago. Going on holiday will no longer involve wondering if your precious plants will survive a dry spell or paying someone else to hold a hose!

If it stays warm and dry, water saving strategies include using bathwater and washing up water, provided they are neither too dirty or oily.
Keep your pond topped up, free of pond weed and clean – green algae can be toxic to pets.


Boring but vital. Keep on top of weeds in borders, the vegetable garden and all your pots and containers. Little and often will reduce what will become a Herculean task if left to spiral out of control.

Weeds not only look messy but use valuable moisture in the ground. The best and easiest way to weed is to use a Dutch hoe which will cut the weeds just below the surface. Weeding on a sunny day will ensure weeds left on the surface dry out and die in the warmth.

Tree Preservation Orders

Tree Preservation Order or TPO is a part of town and country planning in the United Kingdom. A TPO is made by a Local Planning Authority (usually a local council) to protect specific trees or a particular area, group or woodland from harm.

This includes cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting and the willful damage / destruction of trees. The only exception for doing any of these is if there is the authority’s written consents involved.

What are the Tree Owner’s Rights And Responsibilities?

Owners of the Protected Trees cannot carry out, cause or permit the carrying out of these banned activities, unless they have written consent from the local authority. On the other hand those owners who don’t have protected trees, they are responsible for maintaining the tree(s) without any rules saying how often or to what standard the maintenance needs to be.

They can be made very quickly and in practice it is normal for a council to make an emergency TPO in less than a day in cases of immediate danger to trees.

Arboricultural advice from a professional contractors, such ourselves here at Leaf Matters, will help to inform tree owners of their responsibilities and the options available to them.

Why not give us a call on 01732 451 351

What to do in the garden in April

As we go into April we need to think about preparing for the summer, so here at Leaf matters we have assembled our top things to do in the garden this month.

If you like lilies we recommend planting them in pots now! This gives you the freedom to go ahead with your summer displays. It always better to plant flowers in pots as you can then move them around the garden whenever you want!

Nourish trees, bushes and hedges with adjusted, slow release fertiliser by delicately forking it into the dirt.

Roses are voracious plants and will enormously profit from feeding as they come into growth. As roses come into growth they need to be fed with a either a special rose feed or a balanced fertiliser.

Flower seeds need to be sowed so they are ready in June for planting.

For your tree(s) you will need to check the tree ties to check that the trunk isn’t being cut into. If any are tight then loosen them t expand and give the trunk more room.

We hope you enjoyed our list of some of things you can do in the garden in April to prepare for summer!

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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