Crown lifting is the removal of branches lower down on the tree, which effectively “lifts” the under canopy of the tree away from the ground. This is often done by removing branches which may be impacting on paths, roads, or structures. Crown lifting lets more light pass beneath the tree and helps to create a more aesthetically pleasing shape.
For most types of trees, the best practice is to avoid clearing more than one third of a tree’s height as the lower branches assist with the tree’s stability in strong winds. Most tree structures tend to have larger lower branches which require like any other tree parts require correct pruning techniques to minimize wounds which are entry points to pathogens and disease, i.e., fungal infections, disease or rot.
Crown thinning aims to keep the general shape of the tree, whilst reducing the weight/load of branches in the crown. Letting more light into the canopy and allowing air to circulate more freely.
Light and air are beneficial to a tree, allowing the leaves to make more food (photosynthesis) reducing constant moisture, increasing the risk of rot and fungal infections setting in.
Skilful crown thinning, performed by a qualified arborist, gives the tree renewed growth and vigour, whilst managing the weight and structure of the tree. Unsympathetic crown thinning however can be damaging to a tree. Removing too much foliage, and too many branches from the centre may de-stabilise a tree and make it more prone to damage and/or collapse in high winds.
With longevity in the industry, we work as the situation demands using a combination of techniques that include manual and mechanized ones. Experienced with complicated removals, we ensure no damage is caused to the property or areas around. We ensure the site area is left cleaned upon completion of works.
Pruning trees is essential for their health. From tree trimming to removing dead branches or diseased branches, these routine tasks are required if you don’t want broken branches falling onto nearby structures or risk other parts of the tree. Getting your trees pruned through professional tree services won’t only ensure you can resolve potential problems but also help you preserve new growth for your trees.
If you’re dealing with a large tree, professional tree pruning can also eliminate the risk of personal injury and other issues that may arise throughout the process. Apart from taking care of tree limbs, professional tree maintenance can allow you to thin the canopy to increase airflow and light penetration, which reduces the risk of disease and pests. In addition, pruning can help shape and maintain the tree’s form and structure.
It depends on the type of tree and the reason for pruning. For example, pruning to thin the canopy or remove diseased branches can be done at any time of year. But if you’re doing major pruning to promote new growth, it’s best to do it in late winter or early spring before the tree’s leaves start to bud.
It depends on the size of the tree and your level of experience. For small trees, pruning is relatively straightforward and can be done by almost anyone. But for large trees, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Not only is there a risk of injury when pruning large trees, but there’s also a risk of damaging the tree if you don’t know what you’re doing.
At Urban Arb Solutions, we have a team of experienced arborists who are qualified to carry out all types of tree pruning service. We can also provide advice on the best time of year to carry out pruning, and help you to understand the different types of pruning cuts that can be made.