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A tree surgeon, also known as an arborist, is a professional who specializes in the planting, care, and maintenance of trees. This person is educated in the science and art of planting, maintaining, and managing trees, shrubs, and other perennial woody plants. Tree surgeons are often called upon to analyze and treat trees that are sick or damaged, but their work also includes preventative care, aiding the tree’s growth and overall health.

A significant part of the tree surgeon’s job involves the manipulation of a tree’s structure, often through a process called crown work, which primarily involves pruning. Here are the different types of crown pruning services:

Initial Tree Example:

Before Tree - Tree Crowning Work


1. Crown Thinning:


This process involves the selective removal of stems and branches to increase light penetration and air movement throughout the crown of a tree. This can improve the tree’s structure and shape while reducing the risk of storm damage.

2. Crown Lifting:


This involves the removal of the lowest branches and/or preparing lower branches for future removal. It’s often done to increase clearance between the ground and the tree’s canopy for pedestrians, vehicles, buildings or lines of sight.

3. Crown Reduction:


This reduces the size of a tree, often for clearance for utility lines. Reducing the height or spread of a tree is best accomplished by pruning back the leaders and branch terminals to lateral branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles (at least one-third the diameter of the cut stem).

4. Crown Cleaning:

This is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, crowded, weakly attached, and low-vigor branches from the crown of a tree.

5. Pollarding:


This is a method of pruning that keeps trees and shrubs smaller than they would naturally grow. It is normally started once a tree or shrub reaches a certain height, and annual pollarding will prevent the plant from becoming too large.

6. Deadwooding:

This involves the removal of dead, dying, or diseased branches from the tree. It is important for the health of the tree and for safety, as dead branches can fall without warning.


Three pruning benefits

Each of these services has its own benefits. For example, crown thinning can improve a tree’s health and aesthetic appeal. Crown lifting can provide necessary clearance for pedestrians or vehicles. Crown reduction can protect utility lines and properties from damage, and crown cleaning can help maintain the overall health of the tree.

Moreover, tree surgeons always ensure environmentally friendly removal. They understand the importance of trees to the environment and strive to balance tree care and removal with sustainability. This may involve strategies like chipping pruned branches to use as mulch or ensuring safe habitats for wildlife even after tree removal.

After the completion of the work, a professional tree surgeon will also ensure a thorough clean-up of the property. They will remove all debris, branches, and leaves, and will aim to leave your property as clean as it was before they started their work. This not only enhances the appearance of your property but also prevents potential risks or inconveniences caused by leftover debris.

To conclude, a tree surgeon provides a comprehensive tree crown working service that includes an array of pruning options tailored to your specific needs. With a detailed consultation, they ensure your trees are healthier, safer, and more attractive, all while respecting the environment and maintaining the cleanliness of your property.



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