Safe and alternative ways to manage big trees
Have you read our previous blog about the harmful form of Pruning called “Topping”? Check it out HERE
Just to recap, Topping is the forceful cutting of branches to stubs and blunt branches that are not large enough to assume their focal role and natural form. Topping trees result in harmful effects to trees like decay, tree sunburn, stunted growth and death.
The Dickies Trees team understand that sometimes a large tree can become too big for its space and may need size reduction or overall pruning due to height or spread. We can’t stress enough how destructive and damaging Topping is for trees, it’s an unnatural and heartless way to prune.
Have a read below to discover alternative, safe and kind ways a qualified Tree Arborist can reduce the size and spread of your trees.
- Try and focus on smaller limbs as opposed to large branches. Small branches should be removed back to their point of origin.
- If a large branch must be shortened (not removed), a qualified Tree Arborist can prune it back to an adjacent branch angle so it is still long enough to grown and function naturally
- If you want to prune a tree because some of the limbs seem brittle and dry, then remove only the dead stub and do not cut into the living tissue and bark.
- If the tree is too cumbersome and poses a threat to those around it, then sometimes it’s best to call Dickies Trees and have us remove it completely. Once we have removed the tree, Dickies will advise on a suitable replacement that will be safer and more suited to the area.
It may seem easier to Top a tree, although long term it will make your life much harder. Like we have already mentioned, topping can cause decay, tree sunburn, stunted growth and death. It can also end up costing you quite a bit of money.
So there you have it, ways to make sure your big trees and safe and kept out of harm’s way.
Give our friendly team a call to discuss your tree requirements.
We’re happy to help!