The crown of a tree is the branches and leaves extending from the trunk or main stems.
Crown thinning involves removing some branches from the tree in order to let in more light. Up to 30% of the branches may be removed, and we concentrate on removing dead branches or congested shoots first.
Crown cleaning and deadwooding
Deadwooding is the removal of dead, dying or diseased branches from the crown. It improves the appearance of the tree and dramatically reduces the danger of falling limbs.
A full crown clean will involve the removal of dead wood, and also any other unwanted objects such as climbing plants, fungal fruit bodies, or man-made objects such as nails, rope swings or wind-blown debris.
A crown reduction will reduce the height and/or the breadth of a tree while retaining the framework and shape of the crown.
A more advanced form of reduction is called "drop crotching", which involves pruning branches back to a lateral branch which is at least 1/3 of the diameter of the removed branch.
Target pruning is the removal of material that is no longer contributing to the tree’s health, like crossing or rubbing branches.
Crown raising is the removal of the lower branches of a tree, to leave a certain amount of clearance between the ground and the lowest branches.
Tree planting and transplanting
We offer a range of planting services, and can offer clients expert advice on what species to plant on any given site.
Tree transplanting - moving a tree to a new site - can be a complicated process, but our team have the skills and experience to deal with this tricky job, and to advise you on the potential risks.
Pollarding is a pruning system that aims to keep a tree to a manageable size, smaller than it would naturally grow. The upper branches of a tree are removed, promoting a dense head of foliage and branches, primarily to maintain trees at a predetermined height.
Tree felling is exactly what it sounds like. In some cases, a large or very complex tree may need to be taken down in sections, by climbing the tree, cutting branches and lowering them by rope. Dismantling is most often done when trees are dead, dangerous, storm damaged, or overhanging buildings, or on sites that have difficult access and/or confined space.
Cutting back hedges is essential to keep them looking neat and tidy.
A tree survey may be necessary for a planning application, subsidence claim, mortgage, or other similar situations. We carry out surveys in accordance with British Standards Institute BS 5837.
Fruit tree pruning
Fruit tree pruning is the cutting and removing of parts of a fruit tree. It covers a number of arboricultural techniques that control growth, remove dead or diseased wood, and stimulate the formation of flowers and fruit buds.