Virtually all trees benefit from some pruning and it’s important to know how to tackle each type of plant. Whilst fruit and small trees may successfully be pruned by a knowledgeable amateur, it’s best to leave more mature and large trees to the professionals who have the appropriate training and safety gear.
Wood is extremely heavy and big branches can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. They need to be lifted with the right equipment to prevent damage to people and property.
Branches that may look fine during winter can often become weighed down with leaves or fruit during the growing season, making them a danger or simply a nuisance. Often branches die, leaving them brittle and apt to break away from the tree, causing damage to anything below, whether that’s a building, overhead cables, fences, livestock or humans!
So trees should be inspected regularly to minimise mishaps and pruning and cutting back undertaken as necessary.
If a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) has been placed on a tree by the local council, remember that you must have permission before starting any work, except in emergencies. Check your local council website for details.
Mature large trees such as oaks sometimes require crown reduction, which is a procedure that can easily damage a tree. We recommend that such work is only carried out by qualified tree surgeons. It involves shortening the branches to reduce the overall size of the crown and may benefit ancient trees.
Thinning should maintain the overall shape of the tree and is used to remove some branches within the crown. The object is to allow in more air and light.
As the name implies, this is a procedure to lift the base of the crown by removing lower branches. Care must be taken to maintain a good shape. It’s often necessary when trees are growing alongside pavements or highways or to protect buildings from low-hanging branches.