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Discussion in 'Trees' started by Dave_79, May 14, 2019 at 7:36 PM.

  1. Dave_79

    Dave_79 Apprentice Gardener

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    Can anyone ID this monstrously large beast of a tree that is at the end of our garden please? I literally have no clue whatsoever about trees and would like to at least know what it is. Also it attracts wasps like crazy. Is this normal for the type of tree it is, and can I do anything to get rid of them? Thinking of getting it pruned by someone who knows what they are doing, as it is ridiculously big. I'm not keen on it at all really, but it does give some privacy though so I think it should stay, albeit in a a more stripped back, not out of control form! Thanks

    Edit: Sorry, couldn't upload pics. Will add them when able to
     
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      Hi @Dave upload some when you can but most tree surgeons will give free estimates, so start to get a few quotes in, but please please use an accredited company as they will also do a search and if planning permission is needed they will apply for it.. Make sure they do it not you..
      Very interested to know what tree it is.. :spinning:
       
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        Im betting its a sycamore. Most are beasts and a nuisance. Certainly the 4 around us are.
         
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          It is a holly. Ilex sp.
          Ilex aquifolium no doubt.
          Evergreen leaves stay on all year round.

          Some hollies are only male.
          Some are only female and will produce berries.
          Some are both male and female and will produce berries.

          In above pic I can see only male flowers.

          Tree does not appear to be growing in your garden?
          You can prune hollies .....but only in your ground.
           
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            Thanks for the info. It is on our land. View of that might be blocked by top left of that old fence panel I took out (the faded one)
             
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            @Dave_79 yes a holly, which can be pruned but they are not overly keen on it.. Also the size of it I would get a tree surgeon in for a quote and also check that no one and none of you neighbours have put a TPO (tree preservation order) on it.. That does happen if somebody likes a tree and they are worried it will be cut down and the tree officer at council agrees it adds to the area they do sometimes slap a TPO on it so please check first..
             
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            Thanks Dave 79.

            Looks a nice tree to me.

            Agree about checking about any tree preservation order.

            Pruning holly is a horrid job as they are so prickly.
            Dreadful to clear all the branches./dispose of them safely.

            Quote ..see link below...

            "The safest time to prune a holly tree is during its dormant phase, which is late winter to early spring. The tree generally only needs light pruning in order to keep it looking tidy and to maintain its health by removing any congested branches to boost airflow.

            When is the Best Time for Holly Tree Pruning? | T.H. Tree Services Essex


            Holly are like yew and can be pruned very hard.
            it is called Hat racking.

            hat racking holly trees - Google Search

            But it will be a long time before they look good again.
            Maybe it will just opening up your view to ugly buildings behind.

            Maybe just a light trim to start shape it would be all it needs.

            shaped holly trees - Google Search
             
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            Thanks. Does the tree surgeon have access to database for checking TPO’s or do I contact the council for that? It may look nice but its a bit of an annoyance in this state. . .

            I’ve just been in that corner under it, painting fences, stuff was falling from it all the time, the whole area is smothered with leaves from it and all I could hear was wasps! Anything I can do to frighten them off?
             
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