Tree pRUNING Works
There are many different ways of pruning a tree, and each method can achieve various and sometimes multiple outcomes.
• Reducing a tree overall will make the tree smaller, but it can also create a better shape and reduce branch-end weights. This will mean that branches are a lot less likely to snap, therefore making the tree safer.
• Thinning a tree will make it look a lot more aesthetically pleasing, but it can also let a lot more light into a garden, allowing for grass or other plants to grow.
Take a look at the various pruning work options we are able to provide:
Pollaring, Re-Pollarding & Epicormic Growth Pruning
Although pollarding is now seen as an older method of pruning, it is still very effective. It can, however, affect the longevity of a tree. Mainly used on street trees, pollarding is where all leafy matter is removed, leaving a skeleton structure. The tree is then allowed to grow back and then re-pollarded on a set basis. Typically this is done annually, or every three, five, or 10 years. Epicormic growth pruning is the removal of young shoots on the base or in the canopy. This can efficiently tidy up a tree without harming it.
The removal of dangerous deadwood not only makes a tree safer but also improves its health, making it look a lot better. Generally, deadwooding is carried out on more mature trees, as they have an abundance of deadwood which could fall out at any moment onto pedestrians, cars, or buildings below.
A tree’s position close to a driveway or in front of a nice view to the open countryside can mean that lower branches get in the way. Crown lifting is essentially the removal of said branches. The tree is pruned in a way that it can heal from any cuts while the desired result is achieved, whether it’s allowing for cars to pass under it or for visibility to a garden and beyond.
Reducing a tree is a method of pruning where the whole tree is made smaller by up to 30% overall. This process is normally carried out by climbing, and involves keeping the tree’s natural shape and cutting branches back to suitable growth points, where it will be able to re-sprout, without drastically affecting the tree’s health. Reduction is normally carried out when a tree has become too large for its position, when a tree below requires more light, or to reduce the risk of branches snapping.
A large, dense tree canopy can act like a sail on a boat, making a tree more susceptible to blowing over in the wind. It can also act as a screen and block any light from reaching the ground below. The action of thinning a tree involves taking out any dead, dying, crossing, rubbing, or duplicated branches. As mentioned above, this can allow for more light to pass through the canopy while also creating better airflow through the tree, reducing the risk of wind pushing it over. Pruning in this way can also make a tree a lot more pleasing to the eye, with the main stem becoming more visible and branch structure becoming more open.