A Guide to Tree Care

Crown reduction

This is the reduction of both the tree’s height and spread while maintaining the tree’s natural shape as far as possible. The amount the tree is to be reduced is given as a percentage of the original tree’s crown. Crown reduction can be used to reduce the wind resistance and uptake of water.

Crown lifting

The removal of selective branches low in the trees canopy causing an obstruction. The removal allowing light penetration, pedestrian and vehicle access.


This allows light and wind to travel through the trees crown. Selective branches are removed from the crown. The tree’s shape is maintained.


This is the practice where a tree is maintained at a specific height. Traditionally trees have been maintained at a height of twenty to thirty feet. A large maturing tree can be kept small when pollarded. Using this method a trees water uptake can be reduced.

Felling and stump removal

This is the complete removal of a tree including the stump.


The removal of deadwood within the tree’s canopy. Deadwood can be a hazard as it is likely to fall from trees.

Hedge trimming

The reduction of height, width and shaping of hedges.