Crown Lifting Service across London, Surrey & Kent

Why Prune a Tree?

Crown

Lifting



⮞ To allow more light.

⮞ Open up a desirable view.

⮞ Create a lower trunk free of branches. 

⮞ Keep branches away from traffic, people or property.

⮞ Reduce 'sail area' or wind resistance.

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What to look out for when Crown Lifting

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What if the lower branches are large in Diameter?

If you have a large tree with large diameter, low level branches, raising the canopy on trees can initiate trunk decay, be warned! In this circumstance we would thin these branches with 'drop crotch' cuts rather that removing them from the tree all together.

By completing a 'drop crotch' cut this will slow the growth rate. The tree's trunk will also become larger than the branch over time.  

A tree can defend itself from trunk decay by forming a 'defence zone' at the base of the branch. Once the said branch is removed, the tree experiences less stress.

It is inappropriate to simply remove lower branches without correcting structural problems so when raising the canopy we may be required to prune structural areas as well.

Which trees should not be Crown Lifted?

Some trees do not lend themselves to well to an excessive crown Lift. An example of which is Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech), the bark is considered to be fairly thin which may lead to the species being vulnerable to sun scorching

How to Do Crown Lift Correctly

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Depending on the size of the tree(s), our experienced tree surgeons will typically climb the tree. Utilising ladder, we'll take it back to growth point. Our qualified arborists will ensure that the crown lift is perfectly level across the bottom of the crown. Naturally all debris is also clear by us.

Ideally half the foliage should originate from branches on the lower two thirds of the tree. Some major branches should be left on the lower half of the trunk.

By leaving some small branches on the lower truck we are able to reduce the injury caused to the tree through the crown lifting process. The smaller branches act as shade for the trunk and also help to speed up the pruning wounds.

You'll need to thin or 'drop crotch' cut the largest branches in the lower part of the tree, but always remember to leave the small ones. A branch will often spring upwards when removing branches from the tips, so this will allow enough clearance to allow the regrowth enough space.

When Should You Prune Your Tree?

Check which season should you prune your deciduous or evergreen tree below.

When to Prune Deciduous Trees:

Layer 1

Spring - Summer

Ailanthus
Alder
Ash
Beech
Elm
Eucalyptus
Hornbeam
Horse Chestnut
Lime
Oak
Plane
Rowan
Whitebeam
Willow

Layer 1

Summer

Robinia
Cherry
Almond
Apricot
Peach
Plum 
Magnolia

Layer 1

Summer or Winter

Walnut
Maples
Sycamore
Birch

Layer 1

Winter

Apple
Mulberry
Poplar

When to Prune Evergreen Trees:

Layer 1

Spring

Pines

Layer 1

Spring - Summer

Cypresses

Layer 1

Summer or Winter

Firs
Hemlock
Spruce
Yew

Layer 1

Winter

Cedars
Holly
Holm Oak
Western Red Cedar

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Other Types of Tree Pruning

Tree Pollarding Service London & Surrey

Tree Crown Reduction
During a crown reduction the tree's crown is made smaller without spoiling the shape of the tree. This is very skilled work and often involves a method of pruning called “drop-crotching”. Again it is done to reduce the weight in potentially dangerous trees, but can also be useful if trees are obstructing or damaging buildings or power lines.

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Tree Crown Thinning
Crown density is reduced by the removal of selected branches from the whole crown, but the overall shape and size of the tree is maintained. This is normally done as a weight reduction method if a significant structural weakness is identified in the stem or major branches. It is also done to reduce damage that could result from crown resistance to strong winds or to allow more light through a tree.

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Tree Crown Cleaning
Removal of dead and dying wood; stumps of broken or poorly cut branches; unwanted epicormic shoots. Crown cleaning can also include the removal of unwanted climbing plants such as ivy or foreign objects such as wires.

Tree Pollarding
Tree pollarding is a method of management where the main leading stem of a young tree is removed to encourage regrowth. The regrowth that then occurs can be regularly removed (re-pollarding) back to the same point (the pollard head).

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