Formative pruning is used on young trees to provide good shape and structure. It entails the removal of dead, diseased, crossing, damaged branches and side branches from the lower third of the main stem. It is often done in the winter on deciduous trees but this varies. We would ensure that the tree grew in a natural and healthy way.
The removal of selected branches within the crown to increase light and reduce wind resistance. With this procedure we would maintain the natural shape while reducing foliage density. Thinning is normally done to a percentage of the base tree and from secondary branches. More branches are removed from the outside of the crown to maintain good structure.
Crown reduction sometimes know as tree shaping differs from crown thinning in that it is the reduction of the size of the canopy as opposed to its density. We would keep the natural shape of the crown during this procedure. Excessive removal of the tree canopy can lead to a variety of problems for the tree in question, so our professional staff would go through the viable options with you regarding this procedure.
This is the practice where a tree is maintained at a specific height. Traditionally they have been maintained at a height of twenty to thirty feet. A large maturing tree can be kept small when pollarded. Using this method a trees water uptake can be reduced.
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