WHAT IS TREE PRUNING?
Tree Pruning is a service incorporating many different elements; trimming, shaping, clipping, cutting back, weight reduction and weight distribution. Pruning helps a tree to stay healthy. Dead branches and foliage are stripped away. This process clears the way for new growth.
WHY TREE PRUNING?
In addition to boosting the health and life expectancy of the tree, pruning is an important means of mitigating risk. By removing overweight branches, pruning prevents trees from becoming imbalanced. This strategy of evenly distributing the weight throughout the structure of the tree significantly decreases the chances of a branch snapping, or a storm bringing the whole tree down.
All trees require regular pruning to keep them healthy, safe and looking good. Some types of trees, like hedges, will require pruning as often as twice annually. Large mature trees may only need to be pruned every couple of years to keep their canopy well-shaped and their heavy long limbs structurally secure. If you’re unsure whether your tree needs a prune, contact a qualified arborist to have the health of your tree assessed.
The process of pruning a tree varies considerably depending on the species of tree, the size, the condition, the location and the surrounding hazards. For small trees and hedges our team are able to work quickly and efficiently using essential tools like secateurs, hand saws, hedge trimmers and a ladder to carefully shape the foliage and remove excess weight.
For large trees the process requires a lot more thought for safety and care. Usually a team of three or four will be needed to ensure there is a climber, a ground crew and a backup climber in case of emergencies.
- The team will perform a safety analysis of the site to identify any hazards and plan their job accordingly
- The lead climber will then ascend the tree; in the case of pruning, our climbers will not use climbing spikes as it can damage a healthy tree and increase the risk of disease
- The climber will then secure his safety lines and prepare the rope to lower branches.
- Once these are ready, the climber will use a climbing saw and a hand saw to begin clipping excess sticks and leaves, lopping overweight branches and shaping the canopy
- As the climber removes large pieces they will attach them to a rope and lower them down to the ground crew
- The team on the ground will remove the green waste from the site, wood-chipping any of the larger pieces
- The remaining green waste is then broken down by the woodchipper and removed from the property
FEATURED PROJECT – PRUNING A TREE IN BORROWDALE
From one of the upper forks of a Tree in Borrowdale, one of our climbers assesses the condition of the tree.
At the bottom of the tree, outside the frame of the photo, the climber has a ground crew supporting him. His team helps to dispose of the waste that he lowers down.
With him the climber has a climbing saw and a hand saw to remove any dead, dying or overweight branches that could be detrimental to the health of the tree, or a hazard to pedestrians below.
The pruning process of a tree this size can take longer than removing it as the climber needs to carefully assess which sections to remove without damaging the rest of the tree. For a complete pruning service of a large tree, the climber may be up there for several hours, carefully working his way from branch to branch.