tree surgeon in southampton

Needing To Sort Out Some Trees

Now we have been happily living in our renovation project for a while, the building works have thankfully gone very quiet. But what you realise when you think you have finished is that after a year or two wear and tear kicks in and things need to be maintained.

So a new project has come up that we never expected. The massive oak trees and a huge fern have started to lose branches when it gets windy. One of the branches came very close to smashing into our new roof!

So I am now learning the trade of tree surgery! Here is what I have learned thanks to some friends at Alpine Tree Surgeons in Southampton.

Tree Surgery, What is It?

Tree surgery is a professional practice by local companies under the hood of arboriculture. Arborists, or tree surgeons, do not work on trees alone. They cover other plants like shrubs. Tree surgeons aren’t even involved in forest conservation, but they uphold green principles that benefit our environment.

Tree surgery is focused on individual trees, checking their health, repair, or removing them if necessary. With the tons of tree works found in communities, tree surgeons are busy on different aspects of tree care. Often, tree surgeons are known only for climbing and cutting trees, nonetheless these are just two of the responsibilities of tree surgery.

Tree surgery is also a field of study that is physically demanding but rewarding. Climbing tall trees and working in heights is only a part of the adventure. Exposing oneself to all kinds of weather, dealing with pests, mastering the art of chopping and using sophisticated tools and equipment is not the typical classroom task and office work about tree surgery. But when you get all the qualifications you need, a career as a tree surgeon is one of the rare but needed professions in our community.

What is covered in tree surgery?

The term surgery itself implies ‘treatment’ and ‘healing’. Hence, tree surgery repairs trees in many ways. Tree felling is the most common tree care covered in tree surgery. Property owners who want to convert their lawn for landscaping include tree removal, stump removal and grinding, hedge trimming, crown lifting or reduction, and plant treatment.

Different tree care services

  1. Tree felling—Tree felling is cutting or removing a tree when necessary. Tree surgeons will inspect the targeted tree and implement the cutting by observing safety protocols.
  2. Tree stump grinding or removal—Once a tree is cut, there remains a stump. This stump is a trip hazard and has to be removed separately. Old and dead stumps with fungi and deadly bugs can infect other healthy plants.
  3. Tree pollarding—Tree pollarding is more than simple trimming. In tree pollarding, tree surgeons remove all the branches of the tree in which only the trunk is left. This process is done to help the tree grow healthy again.
  4.  Hedge trimming—Hedge lines are a beauty in our surroundings. But their branches and twigs produce lush leaves and become bulky. Neglected hedges are those with dead and dried parts. If you trim them, almost everything is lost. Hence, tree surgeons do professional trimming and ensure that they restore the hedge’s health.
  5. Crown reduction—Crown reduction only involves trimming a tree’s crown. Unlike pollarding, crown reduction retains healthy branches. Only diseased or dead tree portions are removed to prevent infecting adjacent plants.

The process of tree surgery goes a long way. More importantly, it is far different from forestry, and it is not even a part of it.

Roofing Ready to GO!!

roofing contractors laying a tile on the roof
a roofer laying tile on the roof

So it has been at least a couple of years…. it feels like!! And here we are with this renovation part of our building project. The roofing portion of what we are doing has been a long time coming. In fact i cant even remember the last time i posted in here!

So long story short – we were seeking the help of a number of different roofing contractors and various companies let us down. Then we had some financial troubles so we could no longer fund our ellaborate project and work ceased for about 18 months. Then we got going again and did some interior type works like the skirting and the plasterboards. But really it was the roof that was the end game because that was what was going to make it livable

Roofing Bristol UK in the west midlands eventually came up with a solution using natural delabole slate (nothing like the picture!) So we went ahead and they did the work well ahead of their schedule and about 14 years behind ours!

Oh well, its not a race as they say – it was really the money problems that has scuppered us but now all that is behind us I hope to be reporting with some more updates in  the near future.

Check back soon for some more building reports and hopefully some news on completion and us actually moving in.

Laminate flooring…..THE MOVIE!!

So onwards and upwards with our home renovation project. Things are really starting to get interesting now and we can see that our house is taking shape. The next job is to lay some laminate flooring so it would be a good idea to watch the video below, Craig Phillips again on how to improve your property relatively cheaply by laying your own flooring!

Check it out!

Another Great Fencing Movie!

We are really delighted with our fencing project so I can really say that getting your fencing done can be a fantastic way to start you project on your property because everyday when you drive there its the first thing you see! This gives you inspiration even when you are tackling the really dirty horrible jobs and you don’t seem to be getting anywhere with your build.


Knocking Down an Internal Wall

My next tasks was to remove one of the walls in my downstairs area. Like a lot of people these days I really wanted to open out the downstairs and have it in the modern open plan style. I think this makes a property feel much bigger and utilises the space.

But with older properties you are going to have to get rid of one of your walls to get it opened out.

This is a major undertaking and I do not recommend this until you have the advice of some one who knows a lot about structural design, i.e a local builder. I used this simple guide I found on the internet regarding How to tell whether a wall is load bearing.

Then I simply followed this video and got stuck in!!

Have fun

Outside Fencing Installation

One of the first jobs I needed to do on my property was to make the boundary safe and secure in the garden. The old fence was just a total shambles, it was rotten and the wind had knocked it down. I like fence building and as a carpenter I find it very easy. However, you need to know some basics before you go out and start laying fence posts. I have some very good friends who work for a great company providing fencing Plymouth so I have learned even more from the professionals on how to correctly go about your fencing needs.

Step One.

Make sure you find the plans for your property so you can establish exactly where all the underground piping and wiring are. The first job is marking out exactly where you need to put in the posts and to make a solid structure the posts need to be a couple of feet deep so you do not want to be digging into something that you shouldn’t!

Step Two.

Mark out the post sections with a spray can then set up a string-line so that you can centre where the holes will be and so that the fence runs in a straight line.

Step  three.

Dig out the post holes. Make then about 2 feet deep and 1.5 ft wide allowing plenty of room for the post and the concrete filler to give it some solid support. Once this is done start with the corner post put in the hole and brace it with a couple of timbers to make it stand upright. Using a spirit level check that the post is perfectly straight.

Step four.

When you have the first post nice and level run a string line around the area of your fence and dig out all the other post holes. You need a post about every 2 metres to make sure you have a solid frame to put on your timbers. Put in all the other posts and get them straight before you start to fill up the holes with concrete.

Step five.

Fill all the holes with some concrete and let it set over night. Then cover with some top soil, the fence posts should be set nice and firm now so you can remove all the braces and begin connecting all your timbers.

Step 5

Mark out the top of the fence line and put a nail on the corner posts on top of the fence line. Then you can tie another stringline to mark out the top of your fence. This ensures you cut the timbers exactly the right shape and takes into account all the variances of the floor level. Now you are ready to connect your rails.

Step six

Mark onto each post 150mm from the top and 150mm from the bottom of each post and then mark the centre. Put a nail into mark so that the rails can be balanced onto the nail to support it whilst banging in the supporting nails. (Check video!)

Step Seven.

Now you can start nailing on the pailings making sure they are straight and running along the length the string-line. Remember when you get to the corner you will have to cut down a pailing to make it fit, dont do this with the last one on the corner always fit it before then. Follow around until your fence is complete!

Step Eight.

Cut down the tops of the fence posts at an angle so that the water can run off.


Any questions please comment below

How To Build & Lay Timber Decking

Craig Phillips??!!  Isnt he an ex big brother bloke or something

As a carpenter by trade I have to lay a lot of decking type installations, this video here is a very good instructional video showing you a simple deck lay.

It goes through the start up process where you need to really make sure the ground is well prepared and level before you start laying the main joists for the base of your decking. Craig uses 4×2 inch timbers and I often use the same. This deck here is not really what I would call a professional decking installation but for DIY purposes you are going to get an OK finish.

Main Points on the video

  1. Mark out the area and shape of your decking using a string line.
  2. If the ground is soft you are going to need to lay some pad foundations
  3. Build the subframe using 4×2 inch timber
  4. Where the frame meets the exterior wall, you need to be at least 150mm above the damp proof course
  5. Start with the main ledger beam and attach it to the wall
  6. Apply wood treatment to any recently cut timber
  7. Use off cuts of wood to reinforce any joins so it can take the weight
  8. Use the first decking timber and clamp to the frame to act as a facia.

So follow this decking movie and you can be a decking installation pro!

Removing Paint Off Your Wall

This is a good start for the blog.

When ever you renovate a property you usually have to remove old paint from the walls. So I have been looking through the videos today and I have found a few simple and good ones. This one above from Chris boss is very short but the main point he comes up with herer which i think is very important for any young enthusiast is, DONT TRY TO GET ALL THE PAINT OFF.

You could lbe there for days and days on just one wall. You are not aiming for a perfect job.

Your main aim is to leave a finish good enough to put new paint on. So really its just the stuff that can easily be scrapped off, the stuff that would naturally damage your finished paint job, that you want to try and remove. The paint that is welded to the plasterboard is not going to come off when you paint over it.

This one below is a good one form Wickes.

A very professionally made guide to preparing a wall.

How to Prepare Walls & Ceilings for Painting


Themba The Movie

Hello There and welcome to my Do It Yourself Blog.

My name is Paul Themba and I am a carpenter and DIY enthusiast.

This website has really been set up for my own benefit so I can document and archive some of the best DIY videos on You Tube and the rest of the web. I want to help others by having a place where you can go to not only get instructional videos but also to get a reviews of those videos to see whether they actually work or not.

I have just bought a property and it needs a whole load of work doing on it. It also needs many different skills and tradesmanship working on the property to turn it from an absolute dump which it is now to something remarkable. See the above photo.

So feel free to follow me on my quest of renovation and do it yourself learn from all the Do It Yourself movies I am going to learn from and lets see whether we can create a lovely construction for my new house.