It’s not good for business but 9/10 times the best thing you can do for your tree is to leave it alone, from a trees point of view pruning is just damage and wounding. That said trees often need to be pruned to create a balance between their needs and needs of people who live with and close to them.
Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure we do.
At Beechwood Tree Care we have a unique understanding of pruning and our clients value this expertise.
Simply put, pruning needs be done with an understanding of how the tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can cause damage that will last for the life of the tree, or worse, shorten the tree’s life.
Every tree pruning operation needs to start with a discussion of what you as the client wants to achieve and what we can do to achieve this within the limits of what the tree can tolerate.
Below are listed the general tree pruning operations we carry out. Please contact us to discuss your tree, your requirements and let’s see if we can help.
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 from the ground.
This process also assists in allowing more light to penetrate through and under the lower crown.
Crown reduction involves reducing the size of the tree’s overall canopy, this is achieved by shortening the branches evenly throughout the crown.
This results in a balanced natural shape for the species, allowing the tree to re grow from the established growth points which remain on the branches.
When crown reductions are carried out in this way it is sometimes very hard for a lay person to be able to see that works have been carried out, which means the trees natural beauty is retained.
This type of crown reduction results in the least amount of reaction growth by the tree and retains the visual amenity provided by the tree. Both these attributes are good for tree and it’s owner.
Crown Thinning involves the selective removal of inner branches evenly throughout the tree’s crown. This is believed to be 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.
At Beechwood Tree Care we believe this is an outdated practice that offers no good for either tree or tree owner and is not a operation we recommend.
Removal of dead branches, normally for aesthetic and/or safety reasons
‘The main aim of formative pruning is to produce a tree which in maturity will be free from any major physical weakness and which will complement the management objectives for the site’ British Standard 3998:2010
Formative Pruning is used to influence a trees shape & structure by removing branches that will cause defects and problems in the future.
Generally carried out to younger trees but can be utilised in later years on older trees.
The process of pollarding involves the removal of all leaf bearing branches, and most limbs, resulting in the formation of a single or multiple pollard knuckle/s, from which the tree regrows numerous new shoots.
The new shoots are then removed periodically remove back to the knuckle on a 3-7 year circle depending on the the vigour of the regrowth.
A tree that is pollarded is known as a pollard or a multi knuckle pollard.
Veteran Trees and Retrenchment Pruning
It is a ‘form of crown reduction intended to encourage development of the lower crown’ British Standard 3998:2010.
Retrenchment pruning is generally carried out of trees nearing the end of their lifespan and preempts the natural process where a old trees lose limbs to become smaller.
Beechwood Tree Care arborists have been involved in many such projects, which have safely extended the lifespan of some magnificent old trees, which may have otherwise been felled.