Tree Condition Surveys
Trees are naturally subject to ill health and decline from old age. Often a mature tree can be a focal point of a garden and a cherished asset to the property.
Trees are vulnerable to attack from various angles, including disease and bacterial infections, wind and storm damage, old age and decay or human impact.
If there are signs of poor health and the tree is becoming a concern or a potential hazard, there are a number of different types of tree condition surveys we can offer to assess the health of your trees:
Individual Tree Survey:
We can send one of our consultants to individually inspect your tree, who will then make recommendations for surgery, rehabilitation, or if dangerous, removal.
The testing procedure is undertaken by an Arborist with training and experience. The PICUS sonic tomograph is a system that measures the speed of sound travelling across timber. Due to the fact that the speed of sound waves is constant in solid wood, a measurement can be taken from one point to another on the trunk of a tree. If there is decay between the test points then the speed of the sound waves are measured as slower data. The PICUS software calculates all data recorded in a complete test and creates an image called a tomograph. An Arborist can then make an interpretation of the tomograph, taking into account the tree itself and other surrounding features. Previous methods of decay detecting were invasive to the tree, i.e. increment bores created extensive damage to trees tested. The PICUS system is virtually non-invasive, only using small nails to penetrate the bark to make contact with the timber.
Multiple Tree Surveys:
If there are multiple trees on one location to survey, we can create specific maps, incorporating trees locations and physical attributes. (See Tree Population Mapping).