At Oaklands we are concerned with being an ethical company and doing our bit to make sure we operate in as sustainable a way as possible.

As a tree surgeon and registered waste carriers for Harpenden, and St Albans, you know that we will recycle as much material from your garden as we can, and what we take away mostly comprises hedge and grass cuttings, small branches, weeds, flowers, and bark.

Green or garden waste

This gets taken to the recycling centre to be turned into compost. This process varies slightly depending on whether food or kitchen waste is composted with it, as the regulations regarding the way leftover food can be processed vary.

For simple garden waste the material is shredded and then left in the open to compost, which happens pretty quickly due to the heat generated by decomposition. Composting at this scale produces heat of up to 60%, which speeds up the process, and conveniently kills off weeds and plant diseases.

After around 10 weeks the substance is ready to be used as compost.

Trees
If we remove a tree or branches from your garden that are too big to be processed into compost there are other uses that could be made of this useful, natural material. These include: Continue reading

Do you have a garden that isn’t working for you? Getting your garden right can be a project that takes a tremendous amount of time and work – and requires know how and expertise. Luckily there are people out there who can take the strain out of making your outdoor space beautiful, so why not find a professional landscaper?

The service of a landscape gardener can save you an enormous amount of time and energy, and when you factor in the cost of buying plants and materials or hiring equipment at retail prices, their services can prove to be real value for money too.

With a landscaping firm you can provide the ideas and inspiration, then watch as your garden is transformed into the perfect place to relax, a perfectly designed setting for your plants and trees, an adventure playground for the family – or all three together. Continue reading

The trees we find in the South East and indeed all over the UK are mixture of ancient natives and non-native species – all of which help to make up the familiar landscape, and many of us may recognise the shape and colour of trees around us, without always knowing what they are called.

At Oaklands, as a tree surgeon we are specialists in the trees around us here in London and Harpenden. This is a little guide to a few of the more common native species we find in the area:

Oak: commonly found in the South and central UK the oak is instantly recognisable and rich in mythology and symbolism. Look out for signs of trouble from the Oak Processionary Moth and Acute Oak Decline.

Willow: there are several different types of willow native to the UK: Goat Willow, Grey Willow, and White willow. Still used for weaving, and more recently for living tunnels and dens, and popular in landscaping, a compound found in willow bark was used in making Asprin. Look out for Watermark disease. Continue reading