Tree Pruning And Surgery

Trees often benefit from pruning or surgery to remove dead or damaged limbs or to make them less vulnerable to wind damage. The crown of a tree in full leaf behaves like the sail of a ship - it endures an enormous amount of pressure in windy conditions and great strain is placed on the 'mast' - the tree's trunk.

Crown thinning involves evenly and selectively removing smaller branches throughout the crown - a little like punching holes in a sail to allow some of the wind to blow through. The procedure also improves the appearance of a tree which is over-congested with branches.

Another example of tree surgery is crown reduction, which involves carefully reducing and reshaping the crown of a tree which may have outgrown its situation but needs to remain aesthetically pleasing.