Tree pruning aims to develop a strong and well balanced branch structure, leaving a healthy tree that maintains a natural shape and appearance. Depending on the species, age, environment and health of the tree, generally no more than 25% of the crown should be removed at any one time. Improper pruning techniques can create lasting damage or even shorten a tree’s life. When to prune is completely species dependent, we can advise you with this. We offer the following pruning services :
Crown reduction is the reduction of the overall size of the tree, whilst maintaining the form and structural integrity of the crown. It is best done by pruning back the leaders and branches to secondary branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles – as a general rule, a branch that is at least 1/3 diameter of the cut stem.
Crown thinning is selective branch removal to improve structure, increase air circulation and light penetration in the crown. It includes crown cleaning, which is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, weakly attached and low vigour branches from the crown of the tree. It also reduces wind resistance and improves the aesthetics of the tree.
Crown lifting is the removal of the lower branches of the tree to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians and vistas. It can also let more light into a property and can be beneficial to lawns and under plantings.