Its re-pollarding time again!

Many trees in the UK need re-pollarding. Although many people think this is hurting the tree, it is very much the opposite that applies. trees need to be managed to keep them healthy and full of good leaf.

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Tree surgeon up a tree cutting the top off.
Reclaim and Maintain

benefit from re-pollarding

The types of tree that benefit from re-pollarding by a tree surgeon are varied but includes Ash Trees, Lime Trees, Elm Trees, Oak Trees, Beech Trees, Poplar Trees, Eldar Trees, London Plane Trees, Fruit trees, Eucalyptus Trees and Sweet Chestnut Trees.

It is usually best to carry out any pollarding/tree pruning during the winter months when the deciduous trees have shed their leaves and the tree is dormant ,and the tree structure is more noticeable from the ground.

 The lower level of tree sap during this season means that less stress will be caused to the tree and it is also less likely that a tree will suffer infection from Insects or fungi during the Winter as both of these threats are dormant.

There are some exceptions to this rule however for example walnut prefer summer pruning and some fruit trees produce more abundant and better fruit if pruned in the summer.

 It is also worth noting that trees within conservation areas may well have Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) on them.

It is worth checking with the local authorities before you would like the work to be undertaken and the relevant permission should then be sought either directly by yourselves or by us on your behalf. 

Tree surgeon pruning a tree.
Tree surgeon up a tree cutting the top off.

Pollarding is usually done annually and should be done at least every few years to avoid potential problems, such as hitting electric wires or over growing.

Trees may be pollarded as soon as they have reached the desired height and the tree shape can then be chosen.

Usually when a tree has been pollarded, four or five main branches (cut to the desired length) will be left on the stem from which thinner ones will soon grow.

To maintain a pollard these smaller branches should be cut back to the original pollard cuts. In some cases where some leaf cover is required some branches may be left and others cut back to a side stem.

Reasons for choosing to pollard trees include reducing the amount of shade cast by trees, to thin the crown thereby increasing air circulation, it helps keep trees a comfortable size for their local environment, it may be necessary to shape a tree for design purposes and to prevent trees from touching overhanging electricity or telephone lines.


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