Arborist Tree Care perform all types of pruning work. We retain the beauty and aesthetics of individual trees whilst meeting the necessary objectives of the work. Whether the desired outcome is to allow more light to pass through a tree or to reduce its overall size, we always prune as sympathetically as possible to the trees natural form following BS3998: British Standard recommendations for tree work and the Arboricultural Association Code of Practice.

Pruning techniques we perform include:

Crown Reduction

The most important aspect of Crown Reduction is ensuring that the amount that the tree is reduced by is relevant to the size of the original crown and the species of tree. The Arborist Tree Care team works very hard to ensure that when we reduce the crown of a tree – it is always to appropriate growth points. It is our aim to keep the tree in as much of a ‘Natural’ form as possible, and a bad crown reduction (or a pollard) can jeopardise this permanently. Have a look at some examples of our work…

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Crown Thinning

When we suggest a crown thin as an appropriate measure – it is usually because the crown is very dense and there is not enough light penetrating through into the rest of a garden space. This means that other bedding plants and ground cover (lawns) are not growing evenly. A Crown Thin basically aims to remove internal branches, crossing branches, co-dominant stems, and dead branches (usually that have been superseded by those that have reached the crown). Crown Thinning is a good, common place tree maintenance practice. Have a look at some of the Crown thins we have done, and what a difference they can make!

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Crown Lifting

Crown Lifting is an excellent way of allowing more winter sun into the garden space, without affecting the overall shape and size of the crown. It is also beneficial, where trees hang low over roads, pavements & footpaths or where branches are prone to touching down on roof tiles (usually noticeable in high winds!). We have a number of techniques in place, utilising rigging/lowering equipment which allows us to remove branches that are directly above roofs without even touching, let alone damaging the building! A Crown Lift can often be combined with a Crown Thin to allow more light through the tree, again, whilst retaining the shape and size of the crown.

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Crown Cleaning

Crown Cleaning is primarily done for safety reasons. It is important to keep the crown of a tree free from the build up of ivy in order to determine its condition or health. Crown cleaning often involves the methodical and safe removal of dead wood throughout the crown, stripping the tree of Ivy, removing crossing branches and other points of weakness. As we aerially crown clean our Arborists get a much better look at the tree and are in a better position to identify problems and advise on suitable action – thus keeping you correctly informed of the state of your trees. One of the additional benefits of crown cleaning is that by doing so, it often allows more light to pass through the tree.

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Pollarding is first and foremost done in the interest of safety and is a practice used for drastically reducing the size of a tree that has outgrown its setting. It can also be used to encourage a cultivated feature of the tree i.e. Weeping Willows, or to develop a tree into a specific form required for either practical or aesthetic purposes. Pollarding is often done to trees that were originally planted as hedgerow or boundary trees. It is not a practice that the Arborist Tree Care team particularly enjoys – simply because the end result is usually a stark, drastic and bare resemblance to a tree, changing it from a ‘natural’ form more often than not never to regain it.

Wherever possible we would rather you let us look at ‘Crown Reduction’, ‘Crown Thin’ or even ‘Felling’ And ‘Re-Planting’. Taking a positive aspect, Pollarding when done correctly can retain trees that would otherwise be felled and is a suitable method for managing particular species such as Planes, Sycamores and Lime trees.

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