In order to sustain your tree's health tree pruning is a critical aspect required in order to stimulate growth and to help retain your tree's natural appearance. We advise against you tackling your tree's pruning requirements as incorrectly pruning can lead to serious long term damage.
Pruning is the correct term for the removal of any live part of a tree; this can also be known as tree trimming or tree cutting. Tree pruning should ideally be completed using a branch collar in order to give the tree it's best chance of healing the resulting pruning wound.
Tree pruning can be necessary for a number of different reasons, examples of which are: overgrown limbs can overcrowd other specimens, the tree may be blocking essential light necessary for healthy neighbouring trees, shrubs & plants. We also prune trees in order to reduce weighty limbs which are susceptible to damage from wind or weight. Storms can also cause considerable damage to trees, so we prune in order to reduce damage and to increase health and safety.
We prune trees for a variety of different reasons. We might be pruning in order to improve the structure of the tree, perhaps removing diseased branches or potential current/future danger areas. We might prune in order to increase light and decrease shading through the tree. Another common reason is to reduce the wind load or to provide increase clearance between a tree and a building/property.
Our tree surgeons are careful in which branches they remove and how much 'leaf volume' they remove. Pruning a large branch from a tree can lead to the tree becoming diseased from the wound.
The removal of tree branches can be an extremely dangerous process. The most sensible and the safest option is to contact us to complete the process on your behalf. Our tree surgeons are highly experienced in a range of pruning techniques, particularly if the branch cannot be reached from the ground.
Tree Pruning should ideally be completed once after the tree's leaves have ‘flushed’ and hardened. This occurs during late spring through summer. For some species this is not applicable, those being: Birch, Walnut and Maples, as these trees will ‘bleed’ sap and put the tree at risk of losing valuable sugars in the process if pruned too early.
Species such as the Cherry tree partially rely on the production of a resin or gum to aid in the defence against wound related pathogens. We only prune Cherry tree during the summer months.
Tree pruning should be avoided during periods where the exposed wood would be left exposed to severe weather conditions. Examples of which would be: frost, snow, or draught.
We would like to remind you that unless there is a potentially hazardous structural defect that needs to be addressed, it is always best to prune trees as little as possible, as removing large amounts of wood and foliage reduces the ability of the tree to photosynthesise and can put the tree under significant stress.
Western Red Cedar
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.
Tree Crown Lifting
Lower Branches are removed to effectively raise the crown, which is the whole branch structure of the tree. This is a very useful treatment of large garden trees where shading is a problem, as the light can come in underneath the tree.
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.
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 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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Specially trained, highly experienced climbers and tree surgeons. All are trained to work sensitively with the environment and operate under excellent environment and quality management guidelines. Our skilled arborists have years of experience caring for trees of all shapes and sizes.
We are fully insured and qualified to NPTC standards in all aspects of tree work. All work we do is carried out to the highest standard with the least inconvenience possible.
From your first consultation we tailor our service to meet your exact requirements and we remove waste timber and foliage for the perfect finish.
Our highly-qualified, expert tree surgery team can tackle any job, from small-scale domestic tree work to tree management on large commercial or development sites.
The Tree Fellers are trusted and professional tree surgeons. We have developed an excellent reputation for providing quality, safe and cost effective tree surgery for both domestic & commercial customers.
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