Pollarding

Tree Pollarding Portsmouth

If you want to encourage the growth of lateral branches in your young trees, Portsmouth Tree Surgeon is the best choice for pollarding trees.

How To Pollard A Tree

Put simply, pollarding is a technique in which a tree’s stem or small branches are cut in order to encourage lateral branches to grow. This pruning method is a time-tested option – it dates back to ancient Rome, and is still commonly used today. It is similar to coppicing, but there is one major difference – the cuts involved in pollarding are made roughly two or three metres above ground level.

Pollarding is also an entirely different process from topping. The latter technique involves cutting all of a tree’s main branches, which can negatively affect its health. In contrast, professional pollarding work is carefully planned out beforehand to safely enhance a tree’s shape. As a result, pollarding is a valuable tool for qualified arborists while topping is widely considered to be an outdated technique.

When done responsibly, pollarding trees can result in good-looking, healthy specimens. Along with lateral branch growth, benefits of this process can include reduced shade levels and control of a tree’s height and shape. However, subpar pollarding work can result in damage to your trees – for peace of mind, go with Portsmouth Tree Surgeon to provide this service.

Is Pollarding Right For All Trees?

Knowing how to pollard a tree is only half the battle – it’s equally important to understand which trees can safely go through this process. In almost all cases, pollarding is done on trees that are still in the early stages of their lives. There’s a good reason for this – when older trees are pollarded, they could potentially die as a result.

The species of your tree also matters when it comes to pollarding. If you’re interested in pollarding fruit trees (especially pollarding lime trees) or want to pollard willow tree on your property, you’re in luck – but that doesn’t mean the same is true for all tree species.

Here are just some of the types of trees that can benefit from pollarding:

  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Chestnut
  • Elm
  • Oak

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Maintenance Is Key

Pollarding is not a one-time process. Far from it, in fact – once you’ve pollarded a tree, it’s important to repeat this work on a regular basis. Depending on your purposes for pollarding, the timeline of this cycle can vary from two to five years, but trees can grow heavy branches and become overcrowded if this work is neglected.

The time of year you choose to pollard a tree at matters, too – the best time to pollard trees is while they’re dormant. Since this is different from one tree to the next, it’s hard to say exactly when you should have your trees pollarded, but trees are often dormant in winter or early spring.

Between the recurring need for cuts and the potentially-confusing timelines involved in this work, it may be in your best interest to hire professional help if you’re interested in pollarding your trees. At Portsmouth Tree Surgeon, we’ll be able to figure out the best time to pollard trees on your property, and we’ll know how often these trees need to have this work done.

No matter what pollarding services you need, Portsmouth Tree Surgeons can get this work done. In the process, we’ll pay attention to the details to ensure your trees can grow successfully.

We serve a wide variety of South East England communities, including; Chichester, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Petersfield, Portsmouth and Waterlooville.

When you’re ready to get started, get in touch – send us an email or give us a phone call!

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