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Crown Reduction  
The ‘Crown’ refers to the head of a tree; not including the trunk and a reduction may be needed to reduce the overall size and/or shape of a tree for several reasons such as: overhanging branches or excesssive shading.  
Reducing a trees crown can create a cleaner, more symmetrical look.  
Though, bare in mind, not all trees are suitable to a crown reduction so, please get in touch to receive our experts advice on what you need. 
Pollarding  
Pollarding is a pruning process that encourages lateral branch growth and should be done on a regular basis.  
 
It prevents trees from growing larger than it may have naturally and usually helps the tree live longer. It reduces the weight of the trees crown which can help to reduce the risk of breakages. 
 
To keep on top of it and maintain the height you want then pollarding should be done annually, around the same time each year; timings may differ depending on the tree’s species. 
Crown Thinning  
Thinning / cleaning is the process of removing a small portion of branches; usually on the outer crown and It does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree as it's a more systematic process. Typically, a tree should not be thinned more than 30% of it's current structure. 
 
Similarly, to the reduction, a crown thin will allow more light through, creating less shade in the garden and less wind resistance for the tree.  
 
Again, this is not suitable for all tree species; mainly larger trees with wide spreading crowns like Oak. So be sure to check with our expert before attempting anything yourself. 
Felling / Removals  
This may seem self-explanatory but there are a few things you should consider before a removal. New plants can take months to grow and years to fully develop so think, is it worth removing a tree that you may want to replace again in a couple of months or years? 
 
Though we do not encourage removals, some are necessary due to safety concerns and/or other issues. For example, if a tree sits close to your property, it could cause internal damage as roots can spread underground causing subsidence (movement / cracking) to your house. 
 
After a removal you will usually be left with stump(s) that you can either leave to regrow, treat with chemicals to prevent regrowth and eventually the stump will rot down over time or have the stump removed; baring in mind that these can have extra costs. 
Crown Lifting  
A crown lift is the removal or preparation for future removal of the lower branches in the crown of a tree; not including larger branches growing directly from the trunk as this can cause all sorts of problems like decaying wounds. Lifting the crown usually creates more space and/or access below the tree more. For example, you may need to raise the crown of a Weeping Willow as their branches can slope right down to the floor from the crown which restricts your access underneath and around the tree. Generally, a tree should not be reduced to less than 15% of its current spread. 
Site Clearances  
While this mainly applies to commercial companies like housing developers, as a domestic customer you may also require this work but on a smaller scale. 
Site clearance is as simple as it sounds, we quote to remove anything within a specified area; for example, if a contractor has just been instructed to build some new housing, there could be vegetation in the way. 
 
We have, and can hire, specialist equipment to remove the vegetation quickly and efficiently; this allows you to keep within time frames and reduce costs! 
 
Alternatively, you may have just moved into a new property and looking to completely renovate the garden. Either way, we can help so, get in touch for a free quote today! 

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