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What Are The Different Types Of Tree Surgery?

Tree surgery is a catch-all term which covers a range of different options. To help you choose which service is most appropriate for your needs, here’s a quick guide to the most common procedures.


Pollarding — This is a severe method of pruning trees and shrubs to restrict the size they would naturally grow to. It is normally carried out before a tree reaches maturity, and involves removing branches and limbs on an annual basis.


The most common reasons for pollarding include preventing the tree or shrub outgrowing its natural space, reducing the shadow cast by the tree, and preventing the tree obstructing overhead wires or streetlights.


Crown reduction — This involves reducing the size of the canopy by pruning branches from the top of the tree. This is usually done to remove deadwood, or reduce the risk of disease.


Crown thinning — Branches from the inner area of the tree within the crown are removed, with the aim of letting in more light and air, and getting rid of dead shoots. It needs to be done carefully to avoid spoiling the overall shape of the tree.


Crown lifting — This is the removal of branches from the lower part of a tree, in order to create height. It is carried out to allow access to the area under the tree, either for safe passage, mowing, or just enjoying the shade.


Bracing — Cable or rod bracing is carried out to maintain the aesthetic appearance of the tree when dead or damaged branches are present. Bracing provides support for weak limbs and fork unions, if it is not considered to present a safety risk.


Felling — Fully cutting down a tree is known as felling. This may be because the tree is diseased, or presents a danger to buildings or people. Before felling, it must be established whether the tree is subject to a Tree Protection Order.


If you are looking for an arborist in Oxfordshire, get in touch today to see how we can help.


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