Pruning varies between all species of trees as they can react differently to remedial
work depending on time of year, health or vigour of the tree and the overall desired
outcome you wish to achieve. The methods in which all trees are pruned follow set
principles laid down in The British Standard guidelines BS3998 -
All of our tree work adheres to these standards as they ensure the health and longevity of trees, doing away with damaging and outdated methods such as ‘topping and lopping’ .
Below are some of the practices used in arboriculture.
Crown thinning is the removal of a small portion of secondary live branches throughout the crown to create a less dense crown. Crown thinning is sometimes recommended if there are complaints about a tree blocking the light, it may be used to allow additional light to pass through the tree, reduce wind resistance, or to reduce the weight of heavy branches
This involves removing some of the lower branches beneath a tree’s crown. We often do this to trees near footpaths and roads to allow traffic to pass by safely. It can also help more daylight to pass through a tree. We will not usually lift lower branches to more than one third of the tree’s total height
In cases where branches overhang gardens, buildings/structures or neighbouring property, the complete removal of all branches that overhang is usually not acceptable. The purpose of crown cleaning is to keep the tree in a safe and healthy condition. This involves removing dead, diseased, broken, crossing, crowded, weakly attached, and sometimes low vigour branches.
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