Are you looking for a range of tree pruning services to suit all shapes and sizes of tree? Our pruning services include: • Formative Pruning • Crown Reduction • Crown Lifting • Crown Thinning • Risk Management of Deadwood • Tree Thinning • Re-pollarding • Coppicing.
We'll work with you to ensure the tree pruning service chosen will achieve your desired outcome.
It is always worth addressing the pruning of a tree from the early stages of development. Problems that are relatively easy to address as the tree is forming, may be more difficult to manage later. Potentially weak unions must be managed to mitigate potential hazards and retain a good tree condition. Both of these factors are particularly important if your tree is in close proximity to people of property.
FORMATIVE Tree PRUNING
Formative pruning is specifically the pruning of young trees to improve their appearance and encourage healthy future growth. Formative pruning is completed when a tree is generally from 5-10 years old. Ideally, this pruning should be started when the tree is in the nursery in order to influence the structure, shape and/or size of the tree's crown.
Tree Crown Reduction
Crown reduction is undertaken to reduce the height and/or spread of a tree. The process involves the removal or shortening of branches, back to a suitable growth point; whilst shaping the crown into an aesthetically pleasing form. Crown reduction reduces the mechanical stress on a tree, to make the tree more suited to its immediate environment. Crown reduction also increases light infiltration to a site. The final result will retain a large proportion of the tree's main framework, as well as its leaf baring structure.
It is important to not reduce the crown too much! So many tree companies 'reduce by 50%' when the advised maximum is 25%. Removing large limbs, or 'lopping the tree back', to such a radical extent will kill your tree. It leaves large wounds, making the tree highly susceptible to pests and disease. If the tree does not die, then such radical hacking will only encourage the tree to produce huge regrowth in a bid to survive. This is particularly prevalent if the tree is mature.
Crown lifting lifts the lowest part of the canopy to a desired height. The lowest branches are removed creating more space under the tree's canopy. This process is useful for when, for example, a tree is growing over a lawn, a pavement, a street, vehicle access or bus-stop.
If a tree is not regularly pruned-back, it can restrict access routes to fire escapes for commercial properties, and of course, cause damage to properties within its vicinity.
Crown-thinning means reducing the density of the tree canopy. The aim is to produce an even density of foliage throughout the crown, to create an attractive structure. This is acheived by pruning away crossing interior branches, producing an evenly-spaced branch structure. Because the dense canopy is reduced, it lets more light through and reduces wind-resistance. This process does not reduce the overall size of the tree.
risk management of deadwood
The removal or shortening of dead branches or 'deadwood'', which pose unacceptable risk to people or property. This process is carried out with regard to deadwood habitats or maintenance.
Tree thinning is the removal of some trees, or growth on some trees, to make space. This process is an effective tool in woodland management, especially in areas with a dense covering of trees. This process is carried out to benefit the health of surrounding trees and encourage biodiversity of flora and fauna. Alternatively it may be required to clear an access route, such as a cycle track, path, ride or glade. Finally it can be used in forestry, for timber production- The weaker trees are removed allowing space for the stronger trees to grow.
Pollarding is the cyclical pruning of trees back to a 'pollard point.' It is an aggressive practice that is used to mantain a small and compact canopy. We don't recommend it. It produces an ugly tree, it isn't healthy for the tree, and it require bi-annual maintenance. Once the tree has been pollarded, it needs to be re-pollarded for the rest of the tree's natural life.
Coppicing is the practice of reducing a tree all the way down to a 'stool'. This encourages the regrowth of multiple stems. This ancient-woodland practice of tree-management is only suitable for certain species of tree. It is commonly popular for commercial ventures; for example, Hazel is often coppiced for the production of walking sticks. The production of charcoal also relies on this technique of woodland development.
On our initial site visit, we will inspect the site and go through possible options with you. Based on your desired end result, and continued tree health, we will propose a suitable strategy for tree management. We will record what needs to be done, note the tools required and complete a risk-assessment. Once the work is agreed, we will book a date in for work that works best for you. We will liaise with you on the day to make sure that everything is completed to your satisfaction.
ACCREDITED & APPROVED
Heritage Tree Care Ltd. are proud to be trained by, accredited by and/or members of the following organisations. Our team are qualified tree surgeons and fully insured, guaranteeing you a professional service.