What We Do
Pruning - general term for various techniques of removing branches. We employ shigo`s recommendations for compartmentalization. (This is to prevent infection which might damage the rest of the tree.)
Formative Pruning - taking control of the tree`s growth at an early stage in its development reducing the need for heavy pruning in the future.
Shaping - hedges and trees
Thinning - for when the crown has become too thick, blocking light out for other plants, selectively removing excessive branches.
Reducing - removing height and reshaping. Typically used in leaning improperly weighted and to protect utility lines - bt
Lifting - removal of branches at base of tree.
Section Felling - with large or heavy material been removed from the tree the surrounding features and structures are protected by roping down pieces safely. i.e. overhanging greenhouses/ roads.
Dead-wooding - as it says removing the dead wood to prevent damage below and to the tree as a source of infection for pathogens.
Stump-grinding - mechanical extraction of the stump. Requires a minimum access width.
Planting - we can plant for you.
Recycling of all our waste. And we use recycled materials whenever possible.
Some of our pruning techniques and terminology:
Reductions - Usually 20-30% of the crown (canopy) is cut back to specific growth points to maintain a natural look. It is accepted among professionals that these are the magic percentages, although as much as 90% is required for a coppice. Different species have varying tolerances to being pruned.
Generally after a professional reduction the tree would require another ‘hair-cut’ in 3-4 years. So be prepared to commit yourself to this maintenance.
Many insurance companies request reductions in the event of a threat of subsidence.
Thinning - This removes the density of the crown, It is generally longer lasting than a reduction and has the same % applied, but this will not stop the tree from spreading across your skyline.
Stump Grinding - This removes the bulk of the stump, to usually 3/4 ft below original soil level to facilitate replanting and returfing.
Drop crotching - A technique used when reducing the tree’s overall size and keeping it looking natural. Used to minimize the tree’s response to pruning, minimizing unwanted regrowth. Leading branch is taken back to the most suitable sub branch. This gives the tree ability to carry on photosynthesizing reducing the need to go into energy reserves.
Formative Pruning - This is pruning at an early stage in trees life to reduce problems in the future.
Compmentalisation - In short, the tree has the ability to protect itself from fungus and other pathogens by segregating the wound (chainsaw cut) to the rest of the tree. It creates a physical barrier through which most fungi cannot normally pass. The problem being if a stub is left on after some bad surgery, this is compartmentalised from the rest of the tree. Fungi enter and live in the stub, absorb nutrients and grow then can repeatedly try to enter the main trunk. Depending on where the stub is attached and the species resistance to infection could possibly lead to the tree becoming structurally unsound and needing drastic and expensive attention.
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