Pruning is vital to maintain a tree’s health and aesthetics. It is best to prune small amounts at regular intervals rather than removing large quantities of foliage infrequently.
Removal of a trees larger branches should be avoided wherever possible. Multiple smaller cuts are preferable as they are much easier for the tree to heal compared to large wounds. Determining which limbs to cut and where to cut them can be a complex process and should be left to professionals. A tree pruned incorrectly may never recover.
Tree King’s tree work is in accordance with the latest arboriculture codes of practice. Our tree pruning service is carried out with the latest equipment and methods suggested by our experienced arborists. Large limbs are removed using the triple-cut method shown in the top illustration to the right. This minimises the chance that limbs and bark will tear leaving an unsightly wound that will not heal properly putting the trees health at risk.
Limbs to be removed are taken back to the branch collar as shown in the bottom illustration to the right. Care is taken not to damage the collar allowing for fast healing of the wound with callus tissue. The top of the illustration shows a partially healed cut from past pruning. This will eventually close up completely, sealing the wound. Historically, paint, sealer and even sheets of metal were used to try to help seal wounds. This has since been proved ineffective and the practice is no longer utilised.
Using the latest lowering and rigging techniques
Where necessary, cut branches are lowered to the ground using ropes and pulleys. This prevents damage to the trees lower branches as well as any other objects below. Tree King arborists are trained in the latest lowering and rigging techniques including more complex methods utilising speed-lines. This allows us to get your job done in the most time efficient way possible while minimising damage to surroundings and the need for heavy equipment. Contact us now for a free quote>
The video opposite shows the pruning of a very large pine over the roofs of houses. Notice the rigging and lowering of branches to avoid damage to property.
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Great job, meticulous, really lovely to deal with, clean up was great and wood all stacked well – did everything! Couldn’t say enough good things.