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Wat is boomchirurgie?

Er lijkt nogal wat verwarring te bestaan over het begrip "Boomchirurgie".

Boomchirurgie heeft per definitie betrekking op een zieke of beschadigde boom.


Ziekte kan veroorzaakt worden door virussen, bacteriën, schimmels en insecten.

Beschadiging heeft vaak de volgende oorzaken:

- spontaan afgebroken takken

- takken afgebroken door storm

- takken afgezaagd door de mens

- beschadigde bast bijv door voertuig (grasmachine!)




Dikwijls is de mens (eigenaar, hovenier!) door het afzagen van takken en het niet

goed behandelen van de zaagsnede

de oorzaak van inrotting en verzwakking van de boom.


Voor de duidelijkheid: het afzagen van (grote) takken, het hermodelleren 

van de kruin, etc. is géén boomchrirurgie.

Dat is gewoon snoeien!



- Tree surgery: operative treatment of diseased trees especially for control of


- Treatment of diseased or damaged trees by filling cavities and pruning

and bracing branches.

- Practice of repairing damaged trees to restore their appearance and to

arrest disease. Injured or diseased parts are first removed (even small

cavities in the bark may harbor injurious fungi and insects), the

surfaces are treated with antiseptics and healing aids, and the cavity

may be filled with cement or some special material, e.g., composition

filler or elastic cement. Professional tree surgeons commonly perform

many tasks in addition to surgery that are difficult for the individual

gardener e.g., large-scale pruning and providing proper support when




What is Tree Surgery?

 By definition, Tree Surgery is "the treatment of

damaged or decaying trees"

It is no accident that a Tree Surgeon be known as such for as is the

case in humans, if we need treatment, we see a surgeon. If a tree is in

need of treatment, it is seen by a Tree Surgeon. That is, a person best

qualified to diagnose and treat its condition.

Remedy or removal depends upon the nature of the affliction. The

results need not differ.

An insect infestation can be treated with chemicals and a problem

solved in this way will ensure the continued growth and development of

the tree.

Dead wood in the branch of a tree can be removed and a problem solved

in this way will ensure the continued growth and development of the


If a tree has become damaged through animal or insect activity, high

winds, fire or flood or if a tree is suffering the effects of rot, it

may be that the tree, or certain parts of it, now represent a hazard

either to passers by or property.

In this instance a Tree Surgeon will be called upon to "make safe" the

tree. This "making safe" process can range in detail from the simple

removal of a dead or dying limb (dead wooding) to the complete removal

of a tree (felling). Though this should only be done in the most severe

of cases and where no other form of treatment will serve to rectify the


Other aspects of a Tree Surgeons work are Crown Reduction, Crown

Raising and Crown Lowering. Whilst predominantly carried out upon

request for cosmetic reasons, these treatments are in many cases hugely

beneficial to the tree and will serve to enhance longevity.

How is it done?

In a word.. Carefully.!!!

The utmost care must be taken in all aspects of tree surgery for a

number reasons;

Firstly, there is the safety of the tree surgeon to consider. He is

working, often at heights with a high powered cutting device.

Then there is the well being of the tree to think about. Cut too much

off or eat into live wood and the tree will bleed, leading to further

infection. Cut too little, deadwood or infestation remains and will

spread to affect more of the tree.

.but care must be taken in other areas too.If you remove a tree

(particularly an established one) from an area, you are actually making

a huge difference to the localised eco-structure.

Plant and animal life in the area will be affected, these effects must

be considered and minimised.