Tree Pruning

There are three reasons why a tree should be pruned - safety, tree health and aesthetics, though the stimulation of fruit production or encouraging regrowth are also sound reasons.

After a storm, arborists are usually busy dealing with trees whose branches have become a potential threat as they are at risk of falling and causing injury or damage to property or public. Such branches need to be removed as quickly as possible to minimise risk and make the tree safe.

A professional, insured and qualified tree surgeon should perform this type of tree work as it can be dangerous to property, public and the person doing the work if not properly trained.

Keeping your trees healthy is a good reason to call PLM Services. Ageing trees especially require pruning to remove decayed, diseased or insect-infected wood. This is a particular specialism as the tree surgeon must have training in working on a tree whose wood is weakened by infection. The work involves removing infected parts of the tree and applying techniques which prevent the spread of the infection.

One of the common mistakes made by untrained gardeners-for-hire is not properly cleaning thier cutting equipment after working on a diseased tree. Failure to clean their equipment properly only encourages the spread of the disease they were sent in to cure.

Proper tree health care includes the thinning of a tree's crown to reduce branch rubbing. This allows a tree to develop a stronger and healthier structure, thus protecting trees from poor weather conditions.

Trees are pruned for aesthetic reasons too. Careful and planned pruning can enhance the shape of the tree and thus enhance the view of which they are part - the unsightly shape of a botched tree pruning can ruin an otherwise beautiful view. So there's nothing wrong in pruning a tree for aesthetic reasons, provided the work does not weaken the tree. Once again, a qualified arborist is the best choice to carry out such work.

Tree pruning can be approached in two different ways. For younger trees your tree specialist will be looking to encourage and produce a strong structure for the future of the tree, whilst mature trees require their form, health and appearance to be maintained or enhanced.

Like with many other methods of tree surgery, there are specialist techniques and cuts used to maintain the health of your tree. A tree care specialist will use the same pruning cuts for both dead and live branches (e.g. back to branch collar allowing for the shortest possible healing time for the tree).

It is not just the branches which need to be pruned from time to time. Roots too require careful management and maintenance to prevent them damaging building foundations or interfering with other parts of your garden. PLM Tree Services specialists are fully-trained to advise you on the best course of action.

Tree pruning is a specialist job which only qualified arborists should perform and PLM Tree Services are happy to provide the assistance and care you need for your trees.