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Trees can be an asset in a garden providing structure, shade and often blossom, but they can become overgrown or damaged. We can maintain them for your safety and enjoyment or remove them and replace them with something more suitable for the space available.
This process involves reducing the size of the tree's overall canopy. This is achieved by pruning the branches evenly throughout the crown. During this process dangerous deadwood and crossing branches are removed or pruned to minimize the possibility of pathogens and disease infecting the tree.
Prevents later damage
Corrects unbalanced weight issues
Ensures healthy re-growth
No need to trim again for 3-4 years
Crown Thinning involves the selective removal of inner branches evenly throughout the tree's crown. This is an effective method of allowing light to travel through the crown and allows air to circulate more effectively throughout the canopy without altering the tree's natural shape. As with Crown Reduction, all dangerous dead wood and crossing branches are removed during this operation.
Provides more light
Tree looks less heavy
Improves health of remaining branches
Keeps size & shape of tree
Protects main branches
Crown lifting is the removal of selected branches and limbs from the lower part of the tree's crown, thus lifting the crowns overall height. Depending on the location of the tree, this process is generally performed to ensure vehicles and people can pass safely underneath avoiding accidents and injury. This process also allows more light to penetrate through the lower crown.
More space under the tree
Provides more light
Maintain health of tree
Formative pruning for young trees helps to shape the tree as it grows into maturity. This means you don't need to prune heavily in future. Pruning early in the tree's life also helps to prolong its life expectancy. Formative pruning affects the spacing, orientation, shape and size of branches as the tree matures - and therefore encourages the tree to grow into a better shape.
Gives the tree shape
Establishes a strong trunk
Reduces risk of large tree wounds
Prune less heavily later
Limits weak structural features
The process involves the removal of all branches and most limbs resulting in the remainder of only the trunk and occasionally a framework of the major limbs. A tree that is pollarded is known as a pollard. A tree which has not been pollarded is called a maiden tree; which also refers to the fact that pollarding is normally first undertaken when a tree is quite young. After a tree has been pollarded the tree is given some time to re grow, after which the process may be repeated.
Sometimes it is necessary to remove certain branches of a tree's crown without fully reducing, thinning or lifting the crown. For example, if a large branch or number of branches have travelled over a boundary, they may have to be removed. This process generally involves removing as little live growth as possible to ensure the health and stability of the tree.
Epicormic growth can steal nutrients and water that would normally serve the canopy, they can become problematic because of their tendency for aggressive growth.
As a tree grows it is natural for some branches to die back. Branches that do not produce enough carbohydrates from photosynthesis to sustain themselves die and are eventually shed, however for safety reasons it is advisable to have your tree regularly inspected and cleared of any deadwood.
Ocassionaly a tree will need to be removed completely, this can be for a number of reasons. In the interests of conservation a diseased tree may have to be removed to ensure neighbouring trees do not also become infected. Other reasons to fell a tree will include safety (to people and property) i.e if a tree is in a state of decay or in a weakend condition, or if the tree is in an unsuitable area affecting planning applications and construction projects. Felling a large tree in a restricted area will normally require the tree to be climbed and dismantled in sections. Other times when space, safety and the tree's form and allows, a tree may be felled in the traditional forestry sense of the term, by bringing the tree to ground using practiced methods to ensure a safe, controlled and calculated fell.
When a tree falls down it is usually due to the tree's age, health, or the result of some exceptionally bad stormy weather. Normally it is a combination of all three. Should you have a fallen tree that requires removal we will come to inspect the tree and if possible begin working to remove it for you as soon as we can. Depending on the size and location of the fallen tree safety must be the immediate consideration, and we will always try to treat these cases as a priority.