Pruning is the selective removal of dead or living parts of a tree or plant to achieve a wide range of objectives. Predominantly to restrict size, remove dead, diseased or unsightly growth, or more generally to improve and enhance the natural shape of the tree.
Reasons To Prune Trees
- Improving the structure of the tree
- The removal of dangerous or defective branches
- Reduction of shading
- Reduction of wind loading
- Providing clearance between the tree and a structure, road or pathway
Done correctly, pruning encourages better air circulation and light penetration that allows trees and plants to put on more controlled growth. Overall, trees become more resilient, stronger and healthier.
Timing and technique is critical to getting it right because trees, shrubs and climbers have their own growth cycles and their sensitivities dictate how and when they should be cut back. Getting it wrong can leave the pruning wound at risk of fungal infection, pests and other diseases, which can advance the decline and, in the worst-case scenarios, lead the tree to fail.
Appropriate care and attention is critical to all our pruning operations and we use safe working practices to minimize the risk to people and property. We only use sharp, clean cutting tools, which are serviced regularly to a high standard, to minimize the damage to the soft tissues to the branches being removed. In addition, sharp tools reduce the effort required to carry out the pruning so our operatives can work effectively and efficiently which results in a costs saving that we pass on to our clients.
Professional Tree Surgeons
All our operatives at Plantscape Trees Services have level three diploma in forestry and arboricultural, or above, and follow a training program to improve and better their skills, and to keep up to date with industry techniques and standards.
Trees may be legally protected and unauthorised work, however small, can lead to prosecution. Before beginning work, we check to see whether the relevant tree(s) are protected or in a Conservation Area. If so, we will get the relevant consents and permissions on our client’s behalf.