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Air Spade Investigation

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Air Spade Root Investigation

Artemis Tree Services are equipped to provide air spade services for a variety of projects.

Air spade uses a high speed jet of air to loosen and displace soil and is able to excavate around tree roots without causing them harm. Even very fine roots are left undamaged when undertaking air spade excavation. 

Air spade has the following uses:

Service installation

Trenches can be dug close to trees to enable installation of services without causing harm to tree roots. This is particularly important when working within root protection areas (RPAs) on development sites, and is a great alternative to machine trenching and even hand digging, which can result in extensive damage to roots.  

Root investigation

For new developments, determining the location of roots can help to inform design and location of foundations. In some circumstances, the distribution of roots is restricted by site features (e.g. buildings, boundary walls, streams) and it is possible to reduce or modify the shape of calculated RPAs by demonstrating that roots are not present in an area. 

Root pruning operations

Air spade excavation can be used to carefully expose roots where minor root pruning is required. This enables roots to be selectively pruned using sharp tools to lessen any harm caused to the tree. 

Root collar excavation

Excess soil around the base of trunks can be detrimental to the health of trees and can make them susceptible to disease. Using an air spade, excess soil is removed from the base of trunks to expose the natural root flare where roots meet the base of the trunk. 

Root inspection

Certain species of wood decay fungi can degrade the wood of large roots where they join the trunk, which can weaken the stability of a tree. Careful removal of soil from the base of the tree allows roots to be inspected and the safe condition of the tree assessed. This can be carried out in conjunction with our Resistograph decay detection drill, to provide a detailed assessment of wood decay.

Soil-decompaction

Heavily compacted soils can have a detrimental impact on the health of trees. Compacted soils can be broken using an air spade, with air injected deep into the soil. This can be combined with surface mulching to increase the benefit provided. 

Soil improvement for tree health

Using radial or vertical trenching techniques, compost and/or Biochar can be added to soil within the rooting area of a tree, to improve soil structure and fertility. This has been shown to improve vitality of trees, and can even help trees to resist attack from common pests and diseases. 

Air spade root investigation can be used to identify and operate on a wide range of issues. If your tree is in need of professional care, give our team a call. We provide efficient and effective care for all trees in London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas.

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M A Haffner

Very efficient and tree removal was completed on time and in budget. The site was cleaned up beautifully....

6 hours ago

Alex Wyatt

They were fantastically efficient, professional & friendly....

2 days ago

Helen Fraser

A superb team of three pruned back our huge Tree of Heaven, in appalling weather conditions (driving icy rain) and made sure that the branches fell so as to do minimum damage to our garden or our neig... A superb team of three pruned back our huge Tree of Heaven, in appalling weather conditions (driving icy rain) and made sure that the branches fell so as to do minimum damage to our garden or our neighbours'. Very impressed by the level of skill and the cheerfulness in such adverse conditions.

2 weeks ago

Anonymous

Great service, happy to reccommend....

2 weeks ago

P Turner

Artemis were such a clean-cut, well-mannered and chirpy bunch that you might think they have turned up to host antiques roadshow on your front lawn as opposed to cutting your trees down. Simon is a su... Artemis were such a clean-cut, well-mannered and chirpy bunch that you might think they have turned up to host antiques roadshow on your front lawn as opposed to cutting your trees down. Simon is a superstar veteran of the tree world, and whilst you might not be lucky enough to get a personal appearance from him, you can be sure that everyone of his team is hand picked by him and moulded to his exacting standards. They perform their death-defying work with lighting efficiency and razor-sharp precision, they clear up and clean up and check you are happy with everything, and you’re left feeling like you stepped out of the cinema when you were a kid after watching the Superman movie. The only thing I would say is missing is a dance routine and song.

1 month ago

Anonymous

From the beginning to the end of the process, I was very pleased with the professional approach of this company. I felt confident that the work would be well carried out and was, indeed, very pleased... From the beginning to the end of the process, I was very pleased with the professional approach of this company. I felt confident that the work would be well carried out and was, indeed, very pleased with final result. I have used the company before and there is a consistently high quality serve offered. Thank you

1 month ago

Derek

Prompt, professional, polite, knowledgeable and very tidy. Marcin, Mo and Cameron make a great team....

1 month ago

Mike Fretwell

Excellent work at a reasonable price. Workers were punctual & very professional, did a great job and left the garden clean & tidy. They had all the right equipment and safety gear. This is t... Excellent work at a reasonable price. Workers were punctual & very professional, did a great job and left the garden clean & tidy. They had all the right equipment and safety gear. This is the second time we used them and i would recommend them highly. Mike Fretwell.

1 month ago

Mr B Humphrey

I needed two trees to have work on them; one completely removed and a massive willow to be pollard. Artemis provided excellent service and advise on their initial visit. The work was done very well an... I needed two trees to have work on them; one completely removed and a massive willow to be pollard. Artemis provided excellent service and advise on their initial visit. The work was done very well and the garden was nice and tidy afterwards. i would use them again.

1 month ago

Anonymous

We placed an enquiry through their website. Very professional service. Gave us a quote within a week. We had to wait about one month for the job to be completed as they were so busy, but the guys came... We placed an enquiry through their website. Very professional service. Gave us a quote within a week. We had to wait about one month for the job to be completed as they were so busy, but the guys came, shaped the tree beautifully and cleaned up the area afterwards. Grand job. Would definitely recommend Artemis.

1 month ago

Anonymous

The chaps are friendly & listen to what you want. Artemis are great to deal with and have always done a great job for me, and clear all the debris. They are very fair with the price, I thoroughly ... The chaps are friendly & listen to what you want. Artemis are great to deal with and have always done a great job for me, and clear all the debris. They are very fair with the price, I thoroughly recommend them

1 month ago

Anonymous

Two jobs were scheduled. A fruit tree was pruned and shaped and I was very happy with the work. A second job was to shape a viburnum, work that Artemis has undertaken several times before. On this o... Two jobs were scheduled. A fruit tree was pruned and shaped and I was very happy with the work. A second job was to shape a viburnum, work that Artemis has undertaken several times before. On this occasion the usually first rate work from Artemis fell somewhat short. However, after much effort and reworking a reasonable outcome was reached. I will add though that the two staff members were very personable, which has always been the case on the occasions I have used your company. I will have no hesitation in continuing to use Artemis.

1 month ago

Terry J.

Outstanding work as usual from Artemis. Arrived on time and were very polite and friendly guys. Great attention to detail and everything was cleared up afterwards. We are always very pleased with the ... Outstanding work as usual from Artemis. Arrived on time and were very polite and friendly guys. Great attention to detail and everything was cleared up afterwards. We are always very pleased with the excellent service they provide.

2 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service. Helpful advice at the quoting stage, efficient customer service and the work completed as promised by a professional team. Thoroughly recommended.... Excellent service. Helpful advice at the quoting stage, efficient customer service and the work completed as promised by a professional team. Thoroughly recommended.

2 months ago

Anonymous

Always a pleasure to deal with Artemis Trees from quotation through to the job being carried out. Knowledgeable, efficient and polite. Very professional.... Always a pleasure to deal with Artemis Trees from quotation through to the job being carried out. Knowledgeable, efficient and polite. Very professional.

2 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service, from first contact, through the quoting and on to the final job. Everyone was very knowledgable and friendly and everyone arrived when promised and work was done as agreed without a... Excellent service, from first contact, through the quoting and on to the final job. Everyone was very knowledgable and friendly and everyone arrived when promised and work was done as agreed without any issues. Recommended.

2 months ago

Shaun Pennicott

very professional and promptness...

2 months ago

Anonymous

I was very pleased with the job they did especially how well they cleared up.They we’re very friendly and put me at my ease....

2 months ago

Anonymous

They were prompt, polite & thorough & knew exactly what to do. They did a good job....

2 months ago

RJ

We have used Artemis several times and they always provide a professional service and are very pleasant and efficient to deal with....

2 months ago

Caroline Bossowska

Friendly and polite service provided. Professional attention to tree shaping greatly appreciated. Thorough and considerate. Would highly recommend.... Friendly and polite service provided. Professional attention to tree shaping greatly appreciated. Thorough and considerate. Would highly recommend.

3 months ago