Winchester Tree Pruning Services: Crown Lifting, Removal or Reduction, Crown Thinning...

Professional Tree Pruning by Expert Tree Surgeons in Winchester

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We are Arboriculturists & Tree Surgeons providing tree pruning services in Winchester and surround areas. We have been in the industry for over 10 years and are fully licensed and carry £10m public liability insurance.

If you want a tree pruning service that gets excellent results, you need to choose Peter Yeates Arboriculture in Winchester. We have over a decade of experience and have the skill and expertise to do the job right. Our arboricultural team can handle any job, from small tree pruning jobs to large commercial ones. We work hard to make sure our customers are completely satisfied.

Our tree pruning services include:

  • Crown Lifting (also known as Crown Raising)
  • Crown Removal
  • Crown Reduction
  • Crown Thinning
  • Crown Shaping
  • Crown Crossing
  • Crown Touching

Whether you're looking to prune that old oak in your garden or keep your commercial premises safe from falling branches, Peter Yeates Arboriculture can help. The service is perfect for those who have a tree that needs regular attention, as we offer a service that covers all shapes and sizes of tree. Tree pruning will help your trees stay healthy for longer. Our staff are all fully trained and insured, so you can be sure that your trees and shrubs are in safe hands.

Crown Raising / Crown Lifting

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Crown lifting is the process of raising the crown of a tree. It also known as crown raising, which can be achieved by pruning the tree. Crown lifting is often done to improve aesthetics or for increased access for equipment servicing above ground level (such as power lines).

Crown lifting, crown raising or topping is the practice of selectively cutting branches to prevent over-compaction or wind damage. Crown lifting may be done to promote weak trees health and vigor, but it is also used by some arborists as a way to increase tree height in areas where tall specimen trees are desired.

Crown raising is a fairly common practice among arborists. Part of a tree's growth involves the upward growth of the trunk toward the sky; the uppermost branches and leaves are eventually held down by the force of gravity. However, as the tree ages, the crown may begin to sag due to a combination of factors, including the effects of wind, and the elements, root damage, and natural aging. Our Arborists are trained to perform a visual tree inspection and offer a tree report before raising a tree's crown, and can do so safely.

Crown raising is a tree surgery technique used to raise the crown of trees that have been damaged by insect infestation, disease or storm. Arboriculturists raise the crown and remove dead wood. The goal is to expose live buds so they can grow into new branches and leaves for increased sunlight exposure

When a homeowner notices that their tree's crown is beginning to grow beyond the tree's natural top, they are understandably concerned. There are several reasons why a tree crown will grow beyond its natural top, but the one underlying factor is the tree's growth rate. If a tree is growing too quickly for its root system to support the growing top, there will come a point where the tree's branches will become heavy and droop. Call us to have a professional arborist inspect and provide a quote for crown raising.

Crown Thinning / Reduction

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Crown thinning is the practice of removing branches from the outer section of a tree. It is used to control the size of the crown by encouraging the tree to produce smaller branches on the outside of the canopy, which will in turn allow light to penetrate into the inner part of the crown, where there is often a dark and compact structure. It also encourages more lateral branching on the inside of the canopy, which produces the structure that you want in the final tree.

A process which is usually carried out by a qualified arborist, crown thinning is where branches are selectively removed from the crown of a tree. The process can be carried out on young trees or mature trees; there are many reasons for carrying out the process. There are many myths surrounding crown reductions. It is often thought that the crown is reduced to reduce the risk of storm damage; however, a tree with a reduced crown is actually more prone to wind damage. The branches can be removed to reduce rubbing from other branches. It can also be done to remove a branch that is dead (that process is called deadwooding or deadwood removal). The reduction or thinning process is carried out by one of our qualified arborists to ensure that the tree is not damaged in any way.

There are a few reasons why you should have your tree’s crown reduced. One of the main reasons is for aesthetic purposes and to improve the health of your tree. As trees get older, they grow more branches and leaves which can cause them to become top heavy or bulge outwards towards the ground (a condition known as 'cascading'). Additionally, having an overgrown crown can be dangerous for homeowners because it increases the risk of damage from high winds or falling tree limbs. Crown reduction techniques vary depending on how severe a case is; however, no matter what type of crown reduction or thinning you require we can help.

Crown Removal

Crown removal is the removal of the top third of a tree, mainly used to reduce the spread of disease, improve the appearance of a tree, improve the strength of a tree and reduce the wind resistance of a tree. Crown removal can be used to top the tree where it has been damaged by disease, to remove branches that are dead or dying or to reduce the effect of root damage.

The reason for crown removal is dependent upon the species of tree but is generally done for one of two reasons: reducing the spread of disease or improving the aesthetics of the tree. A third reason for crown removal is to improve the way a tree grows, mainly in species such as Larch, Oak (we also do Oak Processionary Moth Surveys) and Beech.


Crown Shaping, Crossing & Touching

Crown shaping is the process of changing a tree's structure to improve its health and appearance. Crown shaping can be accomplished by pruning, training or cabling. Pruning involves cutting branches back to where they emerge from another branch or the main trunk of the tree. Training is used when you want your trees shape to change over time by guiding new growth into desired positions on treetops and limbs.

Crown shaping has been a mainstay of tree care for many years. Crossing is a form of crown reduction and is performed on its own, or as part of a crown-reduction program. Crossing involves the removal of large branches to create a structural shape in the centre of a tree's crown. This is done by removing branches to the outside of the branches to be retained. Hence when crossing is carried out as part of a crown-reduction program for a coniferous tree, it will leave behind branches that are growing in the direction you want the tree to grow.

In short, crown shaping is the practice of changing the shape or outline of the crown of a tree.

Sometimes this is essential to ensure the health and safety of nearby people and/or properties, but often it is used to deliberately make a tree look more aesthetically pleasing. In practice, this is usually done by raising or lowering the part of the trunk nearest the ground, and is sometimes described as "lifting" or "lowering" the crown of the tree.

Tree crowns aren’t always round. Sometimes, they are shaped like triangles or squares which is called Crown Shaping. It can be used to achieve several benefits that include giving the tree a unique look while also making it more aerodynamic and allowing greater foliage growth.

Crown touching occurs when a tree’s branches are so close to each other that they overlap. This can cause problems with the growth of your trees, as well as safety concerns for people using the area under or around it. While crown touching does not usually kill a tree directly, it is often an indicator of other issues within the tree itself.

Tree Pruning Reviews

Come to site and trim and reshape 3 different trees.

"They came, arrived before time, discussed work requirements with me, worked fast and tidied up well after. Very pleased."

Pruning 2 apple trees and 1 fir tree.

"I would recommend this company. 10/10"

Topping of hazel tree and trimming of various conifers.

"Service provided was first class in every aspect."

Tree felling / crown lift large beech hedge trimming.

"Excellent standard of work and clearing up afterwards."

Tree pruning

"Peter always does an excellent job and, just as importantly, removes all cuttings and never damages my plants!"

Pruning, height reduction on two maple trees.

"Peter discussed thoroughly the work we requested and gave valuable advice. Quote was very reasonable and delivered via email very quickly. Date and time agreed for completion. Peter and one colleague arrived on time and completed the work exactly as required. Garden, drive and roadway left in a clean and tidy condition."

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Why Use Peter Yeates Tree Pruning  Service:

Peter Yeates Arboriculture is a family owned and operated Arboriculture Business that has been serving the Hampshire area since 2011. Our goal is to provide the very best tree care possible. We have expanded our business to include tree trimming and complimentary arborist services.

Providing the best service and safety for our customers is our top priority.

If you are looking for tree surgeons in Winchester or around Hampshire, then we will be able to help. We offer top quality crown reduction services as well as all tree pruning, we can carry out this procedure on your trees if they need it.

We’re also experienced in all aspects of tree surgery, stump removal, hedge trimming, land & site clearance, planting trees, removing trees safely while minimising any damage to your property. If you require our services, please get in touch with our team today!

The only way that a tree surgeon can tell whether or not your trees need pruning is by examining them properly so call us today for a quote on 01962 776258.

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Tree Pruning FAQs

What is tree pruning?

Tree pruning is the removal of certain branches or parts of trees, shrubs, and other woody species in order to improve their health, appearance, and value. It also improves the safety of the species in question, and can be carried out for other reasons, such as to encourage the growth of particular branches or to reduce the weight of the plant.

Pruning is the process of removing dead, damaged or diseased branches and twigs from a tree. It’s also used to improve the structure as well as promote new growth. Pruning trees can be dangerous if it’s not done correctly so make sure you hire a professional for this service.

What is tree crown reduction?

Tree crown reduction is a long-standing pruning practice that can be employed to improve the health, appearance and even safety of a tree. Done properly, tree crown reduction can increase a tree's yield of usable timber and allow you access to areas of the tree for harvesting or pruning.

With this type of pruning, the uppermost branches of a tree are removed, which helps to reduce the volume of the tree and its overall height. Crown reduction is also know as crown cleaning, crown lifting, thinning or reduction. In some cases, tree crown reduction will be carried out to allow for the removal of dead or diseased wood, however, this is not always the case.

To find out if a tree needs to be reduced and how you can go about doing it, contact Peter Yeates Arboriculture today.

What is the crown of a tree?

The Crown is the term used to describe the structure at the top of a tree. The crown may be the entire diameter of the tree canopy or it may be a reduced group of branches called a “crown compartment”. As well as providing a structural framework to the tree, the crown also collects sunlight for photosynthesis and is responsible for the creation of leaves, flowers and seeds. The leaves in the crown are important in photosynthesis and so it is in the crown that you will find the young leaves. The flowers and seeds are also in the crown. The seeds of conifers are particularly important as the seeds are the means by which the tree reproduces itself.

How much can I reduce my tree by?

In order to determine how much you can reduce your tree, we’ll need to know a little bit about the tree. We will also need to know if it is on public or private property and whether there are any restrictions on cutting it down.

What is a growth point?

A tree growth point is a part of the tree that helps to support it. It’s commonly known as the “root flare” and it's located where the trunk begins or at the base of your tree. A growth point is the place on a tree where new tissue is produced. These points are found at the cambium layer which lies just beneath the bark of a tree.

The inner layers of this part of a woody plant are made up of cells that create new tissues and transport nutrients such as sugars, water, minerals and other organic substances to these tissues throughout its life cycle. As long as trees have sufficient moisture, sunlight and fertile soil, their growth points produce additional branches or trunks in order to grow taller.

My tree is covered by a tree preservation order or I live in a conservation area can I still reduce my tree?

Tree preservation orders and conservation areas mean that you will need a tree surgeon or arboriculturist to carry out works on your trees. If the order is in place for an individual old tree, then it may be necessary to remove the entire tree. However, if there is a restriction preventing large-scale removal of trees on your property, then crown reduction or thinning can be carried out instead.

Is lopping and topping the same as crown reduction?

Loping and topping is not the same as crown reduction; it is only a form of crown reduction. In Crown Reduction, the goal is to prune the live branches of the tree (or shrub) to allow more sunlight to reach the center of the crown. This means that the outer branches are pruned, usually to stubs, to allow more sunlight in. Loping and Topping is the opposite of this, with the pruning being done above the live branches. The branches are pruned back so that the tree will have a "proud" appearance.

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