Tree surgery

What is

Tree Surgery?

Our fully qualified team of arborists are on hand for small domestic jobs through to large corporate contracts.  Our team work together using specialist equipment to identify the best course of action for tree surgery, whether that be tree removal, tree pruning, tree reduction or tree branch removal.

The guide below explains the processes and considerations required when performing various forms of tree surgery.

What is

Crown Reduction?

Crown reduction is the reduction in height and/or spread of the crown of a tree.  It may be required for a number of reasons:

  • To alleviate stress and weakness on individual branches or the whole tree
  • To improve the form and shape of the tree
  • To reduce the effects of shading and blocking of light

We perform crown reduction with small cuts, ensuring any damage to the tree is avoided.

What is


Pollarding is the removal of the upper branches from a tree, to help keep the tree’s height at a desired level. Tree branch removal promotes the growth of shoots from the pruned branches.  It is often used on roadsides and in wooded areas to ensure light can shine through to plants at floor level.

Why consider

Tree Pruning?

Tree pruning is one of the most effective ways of maintaining a tree. Pruning helps by:

  • Removing dead branches to promote growth
  • Cultivating the trees size and shape
  • Improve the quality of flowers, fruit or timber from the tree
  • Reducing the chance of tree disease
What is

Crown Thinning?

“Crown thinning” is the removal of smaller branches, normally at the outer crown, to produce an even collection of foliage around a branch structure and be no more than 30% overall. Crown thinning does not change the overall size or shape of the tree.

Reasons for crown thinning include:

  • Allowing more light to pass through
  • Reduce wind resistance
  • Reduce weight
what does

Crown Lifting or Raising mean?

“Crown lifting” is the act of removing lower branches to make canopy of the tree higher or to prepare lower branches for future removal. Removal of large branches growing directly from the trunk is not suggested as this can cause large wounds, resulting in extensive decay and long term problems including biomechanical instability.

On older, more mature trees, crown lifting should be avoided altogether, or at the very least restricted to removing secondary branches or shortening primary branches.

Crown lifting increases exposure to light for areas closer to the tree but should be restricted to less than 15% of the crown height, leaving at least 2/3 of the total height of the tree.

What to do in an emergency

Emergency Fallen Tree Removal - 24 Hour Call Out Services in Hertfordshire

Fallen, uprooted trees and torn branches can be a real problem when storms and windy occur. They can be very dangerous and cause severe damage to residential and commercial property. Fallen trees need removing urgently without delay.

Safety is our priority…

Once we’ve assessed and agreed the work required, we commence work to remove the tree or branches and make the area safe. If needed, remaining tree clearance work can be completed at a later stage.

Maintenance of trees within the vicinity of a property before stormy weather occurs is by far the best way to help reduce potential future risks.

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