You may require your tree pruning for many different reasons. Perhaps you want them pruning to give you more space, more light, a better view, peace of mind, or maybe just a reduction in the number of leaves on the lawn. More generally, trees are pruned to maintain their safety, health and aesthetics.
Even within the same species, each tree is unique and must be assessed individually to decide the best course of action. County Tree Cares’ tree surgeons use their expert knowledge and industry experience to fulfil your needs while still leaving your tree in a healthy condition. All cuts do damage to the tree, but improper pruning can cause severe damage and even shorten the tree’s life.
Formative pruning is required in the early stages of a tree’s life to provide excellent shape and structure. Quality formative pruning should help avoid dangerous growth and expensive corrective work when the tree matures.
Tree thinning is ideal for trees that are very dense with foliage and prevent light from passing through, consequently creating a darkened or dominated area. The tree thinning method requires the even removal of branches from within the tree’s crown all the way through. This, in turn, will allow better air circulation (helps against disease) and more light to pass through the tree’s canopy without affecting its natural shape or structural integrity.
Crown Reduction and Re-shaping
A Crown reduction, also known as shaping, is different from crown thinning in the respect that it is a reduction of the size of the canopy, not its density. A professional tree surgeon should be able to should keep the natural shape of the tree while reducing its overall volume by the specified amount. You should not remove the canopy too much as this may lead to a variety of future problems. One of our expert teams will be happy to advise you on suitable options dependent on the species and health of the tree.
This process may be carried out for many reasons:
- The tree may be too large for its permitted space.
- The overall size of the tree may be too heavy for its species, i.e., Ash trees are very susceptible to strong winds or snow so crown reduction and re-shaping could help prevent the overloading or breaking of limbs and branches.
- If a tree is not structurally sound due to being unbalanced or too heavy in any given direction, then crown reduction or re-shaping will accommodate its longevity.
- The tree may be out of shape.
Crown cleansing (Deadwood Removal)
Crown cleansing is the pruning out of dead, diseased or dying wood, split and broken branches, crossing or rubbing branches and unsightly epicormic growth (otherwise known as sucker shoots or water sprouts). This method of tree pruning comes as standard when we are employed for crown thinning and crown reductions/shaping.
Crown lifting is the removal of lower limbs from the lower part of the tree’s crown, lifting the crown’s overall height from the ground. The process is generally performed to ensure vehicles and people can pass safely without causing accidents. It may also be used to clear branches from buildings and other structures.
Based in Fleet, we serve Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and London. We often work in Camberley, Farnborough, Farnham, Ascot, Reading, and Basingstoke, but we are happy to provide our expert Tree Pruning and Crown Reduction Services across the southeast.