Pollarding

Tree Pollarding is a method of pruning that restricts height and keeps trees smaller than they would naturally grow. We would normally consider pollarding once a tree or shrub reaches a certain height. Some trees will pollard better than others. For example, Willow, Lime and Horse Chestnut are traditionally pollarded and will take to it well if properly pruned. We are also experts in re-establishing an overgrown historic pollard by bringing it down to a suitable level in stages.

Arboricultural Excellence recommends carrying out any pollarding during the winter when the tree is dormant. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, in these months a deciduous tree will have shed its leaves to reveal a clear view of its structure. Secondly, the lower levels of tree sap during this season means that the tree will suffer less stress and associated bleeding. Lastly, it’s less likely that your tree will be exposed to infection from insects or fungi, as both these threats are dormant during the winter months.

What’s more, pollarding is an effective way of reducing the amount of shade cast by a tree, to thin its crown and to increase air circulation. It not only helps keep your tree at a comfortable size for its environment but can also be used to shape a tree for design purposes. Pollarding is a process that needs to be maintained and is usually done annually.

Other tree pruning and tree cutting services

Crown ThinningCrown LiftingCrown ReductionDead Wood Removal
Row of pollarded willow trees

Preventing trees and shrubs outgrowing their allotted space

Pollarding can reduce the shade cast by a tree

May be necessary on street trees to prevent electric wires and streetlights being obstructed

Pollarding

Tree Pollarding is a method of pruning that restricts height and keeps trees smaller than they would naturally grow. We would normally consider pollarding once a tree or shrub reaches a certain height. Some trees will pollard better than others. For example, Willow, Lime and Horse Chestnut are traditionally pollarded and will take to it well if properly pruned. We are also experts in re-establishing an overgrown historic pollard by bringing it down to a suitable level in stages.

Arboricultural Excellence recommends carrying out any pollarding during the winter when the tree is dormant. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, in these months a deciduous tree will have shed its leaves to reveal a clear view of its structure. Secondly, the lower levels of tree sap during this season means that the tree will suffer less stress and associated bleeding. Lastly, it’s less likely that your tree will be exposed to infection from insects or fungi, as both these threats are dormant during the winter months.

What’s more, pollarding is an effective way of reducing the amount of shade cast by a tree, to thin its crown and to increase air circulation. It not only helps keep your tree at a comfortable size for its environment but can also be used to shape a tree for design purposes. Pollarding is a process that needs to be maintained and is usually done annually.

Row of pollarded willow trees

Preventing trees and shrubs outgrowing their allotted space

Pollarding can reduce the shade cast by a tree

May be necessary on street trees to prevent electric wires and streetlights being obstructed

Other tree pruning and tree cutting services

Crown ThinningCrown LiftingTree Crown ReductionDead Wood Removal
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