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Ian Trotter ISA Cert Arb, NC Arb, Arborist & Tree Surgeon


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1. Tree Crown Reduction / Cutting Back

A common method of reducing the height and spread of a tree, re-shaping/re-balancing a tree crown, or to clear around obstacles or features. The suitability of this pruning method depends on the tree species and is most applicable to broadleaved trees.

2. Tree Crown Thins

By selectively removing branches within the crown it is possible to reduce the density of the crown so allowing more light and wind to pass through (good for flower beds) and a good way of controlling trees that are important aesthetically.

3. Tree Crown Lifting

This involves the removal of the lower branches or limbs of a tree so allowing better access for pedestrians, vehicles, etc (there is a legal requirement to do this over public roads and footpaths). It can also be a very effective method of improving sightlines within a garden or increasing useable lawn area (especially for trees such as most conifers that have branches all the way down to ground level).

4. Pollarding

A means of dramatically reducing the size of a tree by cutting back the main stem(s), and branches/limbs of a tree and removing all smaller branches and foliage. Not all species of tree are suitable for this particularly when mature. Also, one initiated the tree must be re-pollarded on a regular basis (of between 3-5 years).

5. Felling and Dismantling

Either safely dismantling a tree in sections and lowering/dropping it to the ground, or if space allows, to fell the tree in one and dismantle it on the ground.

6. Hedge Trimming, Reduction, Removal and Stump-Grinding

Once a tree has been removed it is sometimes desirable to remove the stump either to replant, build, or for aesthetic reasons.

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