It’s mid February and since the snow we’ve been having wonderfully mild weather this week. I’ve seen daffodils popping up in parks as I’m driving around Bristol, with photos of swathes of snowdrops all over my social media feeds. Spring is truly on it’s way, and we’ve been especially feeling it this week; coats off whilst we work, the sun shining through broken clouds and lunch eaten outside.
Yesterday was a particularly beautiful day whilst a small team of us worked together to prune a Goat Willow (Salix caprea) tree in a back garden of St. Werburgh’s. It had become a bit unruly and needed some attention.
Generally it is best to prune trees during the dormant season, between late autumn and early spring. However, if the tree in question is posing a health and safety issue, or is damaged/diseased and is causing concern that it might come down in high winds, or is part of a dispute with your neighbours, work on trees can be done any time of year. This is species dependent, and is best to get professional advice.
There are various type of formal pruning, including pollarding, coppicing, hedge laying, pleaching and espaliering. Our team is trained in all aspects. Pollarding is generally started whilst certain species of tree are young. Therefore if you have a mature tree that has not been pollarded before it is best not to begin this practice, as it may result in the death of the tree. We are happy to do pollarding work on trees that have already been trained in this way – there are many beautiful pollarded trees across the city streets of Bristol; Horse chestnuts, London Plane, Oak and Acer in particular.
During the course of a year a maximum of a third of a tree could be taken off, to leave it strength to cope to re-grow. Thinning or topping a tree sporadically to reduce height or canopy reduction, and not pruning it correctly stresses the tree. This will make extravagant regrowth, which in turn creates a high maintenance, potentially dangerous tree that needs constant pruning.
If you have concerns over a tree on your property we would be happy to come and look at it, and give you a quote! Click the link to see the Free garden consultation section of our website: https://www.secretgardenweb.co.uk/free-garden-consultation/