Tree Pruning and Pollarding Coventry
Tree pruning is one of the most common tree maintenance procedures. Whilst many forest trees grow wild with only nature to shape them, landscape trees require a higher level of care to maintain their structure, ensure their safety, and restore their beautiful aesthetic. At Coventry Tree Surgeons, we understand that pruning can only be done with an understanding of tree biology. Our highly trained experts will make sure that the pruning we carry out will never create lasting damage, or shorten the lifetime of your tree.
Pollarding is a process in which the main branch systems of the trees are pruned heavily to short stubs. We do this to promote strong young regrowth from the stumpy branches. In urban areas, this can help to reduce the crown size of old trees. Whilst many centuries ago, when trees were planted in the streets of Coventry, the choice of species was limited. Nowadays, modern street trees are selected for their size and habit; varieties are chosen that do not grow too large nor obscure vision for motorists and pedestrians. Another consideration often taken is the level of ‘leaf litter’. Our surgeons have had vast experience with all tree varieties, so we will be able to find a solution to any problem!
At our company, we know that every cut has the potential to change the growth of a tree. For this reason, we won’t remove any branch without clear logic. There are a number of reasons that you might want to prune your tree: to remove dead branches, to improve the aesthetic, or to reduce risk. In some circumstances, trees might be pruned to allow more light and air into your home or your garden. In most cases, we prune mature trees as a preventive or corrective measure: as regular thinning does not necessarily improve the health of a tree.
Are you unsure whether it’s the right time of year to get your trees pruned? Don’t worry, most routine pruning (to remove weak diseased, dead, or weak limbs) can be accomplished at any time of year with little effect on the tree itself. As a general rule, it’s common that growth and wound closure are maximised if we undertake the pruning before spring growth. Is your tree diseased? Some diseases can actually be spread by pruning and wounding the tree. For this reason, these trees should not be pruned while in an active transmission phase.
Why should you get your tree pruned? Proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with strong structure and form. What’s more, there’s an incentive to act early: trees that receive proper pruning when they are young will require less corrective pruning as they mature. Properly pruned young trees will develop a strong structure, and in most cases, maintain a single dominant leader as they grow upwards. As always, we will take great care to avoid any damage to the bud or trunk when removing branches. If you’re unsure as to whether you might need assistance pruning your tree, call us for free advice and non-obligatory quote.