Pollarding & Pruning

Exmouth Tree Removal & Re-Pollard

By | Exmouth, Pollarding & Pruning, Tree Felling

Tree removal for this Exmouth customer’s front garden contained a Birch tree whose enormous size and presence was a large obstruction to the front garden. It caused a lot of maintenance for the customer who was constantly raking up falling leaves. Additionally, it limited them to what they could do with the garden because of the sheer volume the Birch was taking up. The Birch tree was removed without issue, despite being close to the road. A very low-profile and safe stump was left in the ground.

In the back garden, an Ash tree located next to a fence had also begun to grow too large, causing a foreboding shadow in the summer and overhanging into a neighbours garden all year-round. The Ash tree was re-pollarded, taking huge amounts of the branches away whilst leaving enough for the Ash tree to still live and grow back given enough time. Pollarding is a pruning system in which the upper branches of a tree are removed, promoting a dense head of foliage and branches.

Pollarding is a tree pruning technique that develops a framework of bare scaffold branches with a gnarly knob at the end of each branch.  Every spring numerous straight long and leafy sprouts emerge from these knobs to produce a dense, shady canopy. As far as we know pollarding started in the Middle Ages in Europe in order to produce kindling for fireplaces and fodder for livestock. Nowadays we pollard to manage the size of a tree that is too large for its space and/or to create a formal look in the landscape.

A formal garden can be created in so many other ways. So if you prefer to see smaller trees chosen for smaller spaces, call me for a quote and some creative input!




Torquay – An Imperial Difference

By | Pollarding & Pruning, Torquay

Creating a landscape for success another busy day trimming back branches overhanging the road at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay, a Victorian hotel established in 1866. As leaves fall from the trees each autumn, branches formerly shrouded in a canopy of dense foliage reveal themselves once again.

Limbs of trees are pruned and trimmed for any number of reasons. In this case, they were overhanging streets and making walking on the pavement difficult for passersby. Other reasons include dead or diseased branches, or they’re crossing or rubbing another limb, they’re growing inward or competing with another branch and one needs to go. Another reason for limb removal may be to raise or open the canopy, either to provide more vertical clearance or allow more light to reach the ground.

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