Trees grow in many different shapes and sizes, some tall with thin crowns, others with several main branches and spreading crowns. Pruning is the removal of parts of the tree, normally branches or shoots but sometimes buds, roots, flowers and fruit. There are many reasons to prune a tree, from maintenance of health and appearance, to the control of its size. As experienced arborists, we are able to assess the growth habit of trees by observing its response to the environment and previous pruning and so properly prune even the most unfamiliar of species.
Trees can become too large for their surroundings or unsafe. They can grow into buildings or overhead lines, block views or create unwanted shade. In these situations, we can carry out a crown reduction that can reduce the height and spread of a tree whilst retaining its natural shape and ensuring that there is plenty of leaf area left to maintain healthy growth and defence against disease and decay.
Some lower branches of a tree can obstruct traffic, obscure signs or interfere with buildings. The removal of these branches is known as crown raising. Crown raising causes minimal damage to the health of the tree as long as the limbs removed are not too large.
Crown thinning is the removal of selected branches from the crown of the tree. This practice can be used to reduce shade cast by the crown, increase air movement or reduce the effects of wind on certain branches. In some cases, crown thinning can be used to emphasize the trunk and branches of a tree to increase its aesthetic appearance.
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