The reduction in both height and spread of the entire tree canopy or reduction of weight from individual “over loaded” branches. This style of pruning is typically employed to maintain a tree’s size to fit its surroundings or to reduce stress on weak branch unions.
The pruned tree should retain the framework branches and therefore the majority of foliage, leaving a tree of similar shape yet smaller in proportions. Not all species of tree are suitable for this type of pruning; advice should be taken from a tree surgeon.
Crown thinning is removing rubbing branches, dead wood and a small percentage of smaller branches, usually pruning from the tips. This style of pruning should not vastly change the overall shape of the tree, leaving a canopy with even foliage.
This pruning practice reduces the tree’s wind resistance putting less strain on the tree and branch unions and also allows more light to shine through the canopy. Removal of dead branches also eliminates the risk of injury or damage cause by falling dead wood.
Pollarding is a pruning practice often used to maintain a mature tree in an urban environment. It involves hard pruning of branches to control size, while encouraging multiple young shoots to grow. Once begun, this pruning should be repeated again, each time keeping the initial pollard point.
It is an ideal pruning method for retaining a mature tree in confined urban surroundings. Pollards can significantly outlive maiden (untouched) trees due to being slower growing and having less force exerted on them by the elements.
There can be many reasons to remove a tree; usually when the tree is dead, dying or structurally compromised by disease, fungi, rot or storm damage. Or perhaps the tree was planted in the wrong place, without thought for future growth, and is now causing extensive shading.
Removal can be achieved in two ways: by a controlled straight fell, if space allows, or by dismantling piece by piece, within a small radius of the tree, to eliminate any possible damage to anything nearby.
When dismantling, tree climbers use ropes and harnesses to safely access the tree and may employ rigging techniques to lower the trunk and branches to the ground in a controlled manner.
After felling a tree, an unsightly stump can often be left in the way.
Using a stump grinder, we can take the stump to below ground level, leaving behind only roots and allowing you to landscape over it as if it was never there.
As with all our work, this is undertaken in a safe manner and all debris can be removed.
Hedge trimming may be required once or twice a year depending on the hedge and the species.
The aim is to remove approximately one year’s worth of growth in order to encourage thickening of the hedge, and to keep it looking neat and tidy.
We have a range of equipment that enables us to tackle a hedge of any size and condition.