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Why Prune?
If a plant has been well pruned it shouldn't be possible to see it has been pruned at all! Effective pruning will control plant size, keep a plant well proportioned & prevent unwanted growths. If a plant is incorrectly pruned the growth & flowering of that plant will be adversely effected, so it is really important to call in a professional team such as ourselves.
We are often asked to remove dead branches or to take hazardous trees down. It can be necessary to prune out weak branches which overhang homes, pavements and car parks as a falling limb can cause a great deal of damage. It is also necessary to prune back branches that block vision at junctions or adversely effect security of your home. We can also remove branches which interfere with overhead telephone or electrical wires and will liaise with the appropriate body on your behalf.
If certain branches have died or become damaged, say by disease, storms or animals, effective pruning will have a very positive impact on the health of the plant. Professional pruning will help to maintain a dense hedge or simply promote good health in your trees. Our tree surgeons are experts in this type of work.
Types of Pruning
The three most popular types of pruning are crown thinning, crown lifting and crown reduction. Crown thinning involves the removal of branches in the crown of a tree. This promotes light penetration and air movement. When crown thinning we will concentrate our efforts, where possible, on the weaker limbs.
We can also crown lift a tree to improve the clearance and light beneath the tree, for example above a patio or lawn. Crown reduction involves the removal of larger branches at the top of a tree, thus reducing the height of the tree. Crown reduction is different from topping because we do not leave stubs.
By carrying out pruning at the correct time of year certain diseases and structural problems can be avoided. For most plants the ideal time to prune is in late winter just before the new spring growth starts as wounds are not exposed for long before new growth seals them. Avoid pruning during early spring as this is the main growth season for a tree. The best time to prune a flowering fruit tree is after the blossom has fallen. This helps to prevent disease.
Sometimes it is necessary to prune outside of the optimal time of year. We will assess the risks for you and prune to limit any damage to your tree or property.