Tree Surgery

Tree Care

With nearly 20 years in the tree care industry and 7 of those based in Perthshire, we feel that Turnbull Tree Care Limited is one of the foremost tree care companies in Perth and Kinross. We carry out work for private individuals, Country Estates, Land Management Companies, Building Companies, Gardeners, Landscapers and many more in Perthshire and across Scotland.

Tree Surgery is something that we are passionate about and take very seriously. We also believe in the importance of customer service and do our utmost to provide a friendly, professional service from first enquiry to completion of works.

We are reliable; we won’t let you down and pay particular attention to detail. We are fully insured for your peace of mind (£10 million Public Liability Insurance covers our work) and we leave our sites neat and tidy.

The Process:

Initially the tree surgeon will visit your site and assess; access, permission and parking restrictions. We will discuss with you if you are in Conservation Area or covered by a Tree Preservation Order. We can help guide you through application for permission or for a standard admin fee we can submit the application on your behalf.

We will discuss with you your requirements and what is best for you and for the tree. We will consult you all the way down the line from initial consultation right through to completion of the job – and beyond! You are always welcome to contact us for advice.

Tree Care Services:


Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure. This is usually carried out to maintain their safety, health and aesthetics. Pruning should be done with an understanding of how the tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can cause damage that will last for the life of the tree, or worse, shorten the tree’s life.


The process of pollarding involves the removal of all branches and most limbs resulting in the remainder of only the trunk and occasionally a framework of the major limbs. A tree that is pollarded is known as a pollard.

Crown Lifting, Reduction, Thinning & Deadwood Removal:

Crown Lifting

Crown Lifting is the removal of selected branches and limbs from the lower part of the tree’s crown, thus lifting the crown’s overall height from the ground. Depending on the location of the tree, this process is generally performed to ensure vehicles and people can pass safely avoiding accidents and injury. This process also assists in allowing more light to penetrate through and under the lower crown.

Crown Reduction
Crown Reduction involves reducing the size of the tree’s overall canopy. This is achieved by shortening the branches evenly throughout the crown. This results in a balanced shape allowing the tree to re-grown from the established growth points which remain on the branches. This technique is used for reasons such as to reduce wind resistance and curtail root spread, or to control the size of a tree in a restricted environment.
Crown Thinning
Crown Thinning involves the selective removal of inner branches evenly throughout the tree’s crown. This is an effective method of allowing light to travel through the crown and allows air to circulate more effectively throughout the canopy without altering the tree’s natural shape.
Deadwood Removal
Deadwood Removal is a process completed to prevent any issues with falling debris and is therefore normally carried out in high-risk areas such as over roads/footpaths, in gardens or in public locations. It involves climbing around the entire canopy of a tree to remove dead branches that will degrade and eventually fall. It may be completed to different specifications such as large pieces only.
Deadwood can remain safe for long periods on trees with a high degree of heartwood such as Oak and provides important habitat for wildlife. If possible therefore, we are a proponent of leaving some deadwood in the crowns of trees where it is appropriate and safe to do so. Dead trees may even be made safe by reducing the size of the crown and being allowed to decay naturally and safely.


Occasionally a tree will need to be removed completely; this can be for a number of reasons. In the interests of conservation a diseased tree may have to be removed to ensure neighboring trees do not also become infected. Most commonly a tree will be deemed unsafe to people and/or property i.e. if a tree is in a state of decay or in a weakened condition. Felling a large tree in a restricted area will normally require the tree to be climbed and dismantled in sections using specialize equipment and techniques. Other times when space, safety and the trees form allows, a tree may be felled in the traditional forestry sense of the term, by bringing the tree to the ground whole, using practiced methods to ensure a safe, controlled and calculated fell.

Hedge Maintenance:

Formal Hedges – There is no need for the width of even vigorous hedges to exceed 60cm (2ft) if they are regularly trimmed. Formal hedges should be slightly tapered on both sides so that the base is wider than the top and light can reach the bottom of the hedge. This is known as cutting the hedge to a batter.
Informal Hedges – Pruning an informal hedge is much like pruning normal shrubs. N general, when pruning informal hedges, remove misplaced shoots and cut back the hedge to its required size.

Planting and Transplanting:

Trees and shrubs should be selected for a site based on the ability of the plant to tolerate the soil, light, climate and residential conditions present at that location. We can provide information on the ability of various trees/shrubs that will tolerate your environmental conditions.

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