To Prune or not to Prune

The tree service of pollarding has been around for many years and it is a form of extensive pruning where the tree is cut back to almost bare to allow new healthy branches to bud and sprout from the cut back areas. Back in the day it was used to prevent animals grazing on the new growths appearing naturally and the residual wooden taken off could be used for posts, fencing, fuel etc. This method is widely used by tree surgeons throughout the land, but after pollarding the tree needs to be regularly maintained to avoid any issues arising due to the new growth.

Pollarding usually starts once a tree has reached a certain size and height and to keep this process going annually, this will make sure the tree growth remains at the same height and not grow out of control and cause hazards especially in suburban areas and streets lined with trees.

Some trees/shrubs suitable for pollarding:

  • Common Lime
  • London Plane
  • Some Species of Acer
  • Elm, Elder and Eucalyptus
  • Ash, Mulberry and Oak

This procedure is most commonly occurring with London plane and common lime trees and should be down around late winter when the tree is dormant. This process is not too difficult for any professional tree surgeon and should only be carried out by qualified personnel like us due to the heights involved and the use of chainsaws.

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Overall it would be up to the tree surgeon to make an assessment if pollarding is necessary and whether it is time to prune back the branches or not depending on the situation and the safety aspects involved.

Pollarding Advantages:

  • The pruning of the tree at a certain time will help prevent the tree from being overgrown and becoming a hazard to the surrounding area
  • The shade that the tree will cast can be reduced letting more light in below or any building that it is near too
  • Quite important when it comes to trees lining a street to help stop the cables, wires and lighting being obstructed by the trees in question
tree growing new shoots after pruning

Tree Pruning/Pollarding

new buds growing after tree pollarding

Tree Pruning/Pollarding

tree surgeon hanging from a tree
Pollarding: this method of pruning keeps the tree size smaller than it would normally be if it was let to grow naturally. We are the tree team you can rely on!!