Formative tree pruning helps to train young trees to develop into a strong and well shaped trees later in their life. Whilst many trees will naturally form their adult shape as they grow, other needs a little assistance to create a clear trunk and a well-spaced canopy of branches. It is important to note that formative pruning is essential for fruit bearing trees as a balanced shape with strong branches is better able to support heavy crops. The amount of tree pruning will vary according to the variety and rootstock of the fruit tree, but generally some level of formative should be applied to all fruit trees from one year old and continue for four or five years, we can assist and guide you on what is best for your fruit tree.
Crown Cleaning / Dead wooding
The crown of your tree, or ‘canopy’, may need tending to. We deal with the removal of diseased, dying, or dead wood in the tree’s crown. This procedure may also involve, dead wooding, which refers to the similar process of removing diseased, dying, or dead wood/limbs from the crown of the tree. Leaving these issues unattended to could result in a hazardous environment. So look out for signs that work may need done to your tree; such as limbs rubbing across each other, or poor formations under the canopy.
Crown reductions may be necessary to remove diseased, dying, or dead branches or to reduce the overall size of a tree where its casting too much shadow or is in direct contract with another tree or building.
If you’re having trouble with lower branches interacting with the area, such as colliding with vehicles, Stan Timmins provides a service that will increase the clearance between the ground and lower branches. Please note that UK highway regulations state that clearance over a highway must be 5.2 meters and 2.5 meters over a footway.