A Tree Surgeons Guide: 6 Reliable Methods for Safety in Schools

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A Tree Surgeons Guide: 6 Reliable Methods for Safety in Schools


For arborists, late Autumn is a time to tackle tricky trees and identify possible problems that could crop up in the future. In this article, we are exploring the 6 reliable methods for safety in schools typically implemented by professional tree surgeons.

The main goal is to ensure a safe and flourishing school environment all year round.

Autumn: Why it is the Season for Schools


Late Autumn is a prime time for tree work for a plethora of reasons.

– Identifying complications becomes a simpler, more accurate task as the season changes. Leaves start to shed, revealing the bare bones of a tree. With foliage gone infestation, damage or disease will become easily visible: even to the untrained eye.

– A lack of foliage will allow a team to identify how ready trees are to handle storm damage as the weather gets more unpredictable. Any areas of weakness or vulnerability are easily recognised and removed. This will maximise a tree’s structural integrity and its ability to ride out any stormy weather.

– Trees enter a phase of dormancy in late Autumn/Winter. New growth is halted for the year and trees begin to rest. If pruning is required to protect a tree it is in an optimum state to repair and heal itself. This is simply because it has nothing better to be doing!

– Tree diseases spread thick and fast in warmer weather. Clearing diseased debris in colder temperatures will assist in eradicating its presence for good. It also helps safeguard any nearby trees that are susceptible to infection.

6 Reliable Methods for Safety in Schools: The Process


With all that in mind, let’s talk you through the 6 stages pros implement to keep grounds free from danger.

1. Assessment

Conducting an accurate survey of a site is how the journey to healthy trees begins. The aim is to identify the following:

– Tree Species
– The age of each tree
– The current condition of each tree
– Areas for concern
– Degrees of urgent care needed
– Best practices for tree maintenance
– Prospective behaviours
– Preventative methods for the future

After an initial assessment, it is time to compile this information into a detailed database. This guarantees a precise record of every individual tree and its needs are logged.

2. Strategy and Planning

With a database created, attention shifts to best practices for the future health of trees.

The professionals pinpoint trees that are and will continue to thrive, whilst also highlighting species that are not doing so well.

The next step is to talk clients through their options. identify and communicate areas where cutting and removal are necessary. Give customers a clear idea of:

– Equipment needed
– Labour intensity
– The projected time scale for works
– Cost

They should also be informed of any preparation needed to carry out the work. A schedule can then be created for this activity, limiting disruption as much as possible.

Finally, look to the future! Plan seasonal maintenance to keep grounds in prime condition year after year.

3. Initial Maintenance

Once all strategies have been approved, begin tending to the immediate issues. Depending on site-specific needs this could encompass practices such as:

– Pruning
– Extraction of weak or dying trees
– Treating severe disease or infection
– Decreasing canopy thickness

Taking prompt action is crucial for the safety of children and young adults. Time is of the essence!

4. Monitoring the Situation

In some cases, a short period of monitoring may be necessary to see how conditions develop. As professionals, we like to do everything we can to save a tree before we resort to removal. ( as long as it is safe to do so.)

Regularly observe areas of potential concern. Check-in with any recently pruned trees and ensure they are healing correctly.

Structured audits help to keep your database up to date with the most accurate information. This is crucial for delivering the best tree care possible.

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5. Sharing the Knowledge

We are well aware that even with regular surveillance, the unexpected can still make an appearance. Keep your clients up to date with key areas where problems could occur. Be sure to provide essential information that will help them to identify anything suspicious.

If the school has a team of groundsmen in charge of general maintenance, you can also send this knowledge their way.

Lastly, invite your clients to get in touch immediately if something questionable should reveal itself!

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6. Emergencies

Professional tree surgeons should be contactable 24/7. Treat all emergency calls with the highest priority: The safety of children is your primary concern.

Unpredictable weather is usually the main cause for call-outs. Lightning strikes, heavy wind or rain, and even snowfall can cause even the best-laid plans to alter. There can be a lot of scattered debris, fallen trees, or revealing roots.

Whatever the issue, be on hand to help with the clean-up. Advise your clients to stay away from the area until it has been thoroughly assessed.

Select the most cost-efficient methods and equipment. A fast and effective clear up is beneficial for everyone.

And there you have it: 6 reliable methods for safety in schools! Let us know how this article has been useful to your practice. If you have any other tips or tricks for keeping students safe, share the knowledge below.

Author: Emma Watson-Thomas

Content writer for Lloyd Tree Services.

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