Tree Pruning Services
Covering Edinburgh and southern & central Scotland, we carry out all our tree pruning to the British Standard BS3998:2010 Tree Work Recommendations and also use the European Tree Pruning Guide published by the Arboricultural Association.
Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and is a good way of improving light levels and air circulation at ground level; this can benefit lawns and underplanting or just open up shaded buildings, patios and decks to the sun. Crown lifting can be particularly useful for mossy lawns, helping to strengthen the grass and dry out the area.
Crown Thinning and Cleaning
Crown Thinning is the removal of some of the live branches throughout the crown to allow more light to pass through and reduce wind resistance. It can also be of particular benefit to veteran trees or those with defects which could affect their stability.
Cleaning removes dead and diseased wood as well as any weak branches, crossing or hanging growth. We normally include this as part of a crown lift or crown reduction.
With a crown reduction we try to reduce the size of the crown whilst maintaining its shape, good crown reduction is a real skill, often lacking in many tree cutters. When done correctly the tree should look as though it was meant to be that way with a natural shape and no obvious large wounds. Proper reductions are not harmful to the tree and should not be confused with Topping, which is harmful.
The Royal Horticultural Society offer more advice on tree pruning here.