Tree Reduction Palmyra
Tree Reduction Palmyra
The owner of this property wanted to allow more light to the solar panels. We thinned and reduced the size of the tree leaving it more compact with a good shape and balance.
Tree reduction is a process in which a tree is thinned out by cutting unwanted branches that are either dead, obscuring the view, unsightly or dangerous. Several benefits are associated with this, such as increasing light, improving views, improving the aesthetics of the property and maintaining the health of the tree. It is important for you, however, to consider the various important aspects that are associated with this, such as when to do it and how it should be done in order to prevent problems in the long-term. Here are some of the considerations you should make before proceeding with tree reduction.
When to reduce tree size
There are optimum times in a year for when a tree should be pruned. Pruning is essentially the selective process in which branches are selectively chosen before cutting. However, it is important to note that different trees may have different optimal times for when it should be cut. Most trees are best pruned during the late summer period where the healing process is most rapid. However, there are some trees that require pruning in the winter to avoid causing permanent damage or bleeding. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult an arborist before deciding that you want a tree reduction in order to avoid causing permanent damage and rejuvenate their life.
How it should be done
There are several methods and key terms that you should be aware of in order to understand the best method for your situation and help you communicate effectively with your arborist.
Crown lifting – Is the process of increasing the clearance between the branches at the ground level and the lower branches. This allows more access below the tree and allows more light to penetrate the ground. Furthermore, it improves the views and provides a clearer sight line as well which keeps them away from traffic and buildings.
It is important to note, however, that if too many lower branches are removed in one go, it could cause permanent damage. This is the process that we used to allow more light to the solar panels for the client.
Crown thinning – is the process in which the arborist selectively remove the stems and branches in order to increase the light penetration and air movement through the crown of a tree. This method allows more light whilst maintaining the overall shape and size of the tree.
Pollarding – is a pruning system whereby the upper branches of the tree are removed. It is a common practice since medieval times and it is currently used today to ensure the trees stay at a moderate height. Since it involves cutting off the upper branches, it is not the method to use if you want to have an attractive natural tree. Therefore, it is predominantly used on street trees to prevent it becoming a problem for electric wires or obscuring the streetlights.
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