Tree Pollarding

Tree pollarding services in Moray and Aberdeenshire

Tree Pollarding

Tree pollarding is a type of tree pruning which stops a tree from becoming too big for its space.

Are you worried a tree will outgrow its space?  If so, Epic Tree Care can advise you whether pollarding is a suitable option for you.

Pollarding is suitable for a variety of species including lime, sycamore, maples, willows, poplars, plane trees and others.  It is not suitable for conifers and is normally not suitable for birch, beech and some other broadleaf species.  Epic Tree Care provides expert tree advice and pruning in Moray, Banffshire and Aberdeenshire.

If pollarding is not suitable we can suggest other pruning solutions to reduce the size of a tree.

Tree Pollarding in Aberdeenshire

Moray Tree Pollarding Services

Pollarding typically involves pruning all the branches of a tree to the same points on a regular cycle. This reduces the overall height and spread of a without felling the tree.

If your tree has never been pruned before, Epic Tree Care can select the correct pollarding points and carry out this work. It is worth investing in an expert tree surgeon to do this work, as these will be the points the tree is pruned back to for the rest of its life.  We will make sure the tree has an appropriate, balanced shape for future pruning.

Once a tree has been pollarded, it should continue to be pollarded on a regular cycle. Epic Tree Care will advise you how frequently your tree should be re-pollarded. Providing expert advice based on tree species, health and location.

Some tree surgeons in northeast Scotland offer tree lopping services.  The term tree lopping has no definite meaning in tree surgery. It is often associated with poor pruning practice, leaving misshaped trees and sometimes killing the tree. Expert tree pollarding is not the same as tree lopping. Therefore we always recommend choosing a tree surgeon who understands the difference.

Pollarding in Aberdeenshire

Do you own an old pollard tree which has not been pruned for many years?  If so, Epic Tree Care can provide pruning advice and carry out the work in Moray, Banffshire and Aberdeenshire.

Old pollard trees – known as lapsed pollards – need to be pruned with particular skill and care. Lapsed pollard trees also have a particularly high risk of branches splitting out.

If you own an old pollard tree in Moray, Banffshire or Aberdeenshire, please give us a call and we will be happy to give you our expert tree advice.

Tree Pollarding in Aberdeenshire
Contact our qualified tree surgeons today for more information or to arrange a free quote.

Is Tree Pollarding the Right Solution?

If you are not sure whether pollarding is the right solution for your trees in North East Scotland, the best thing to do is to get in touch with us and provide us with some basic details of the specimens in question, along with the problems you are currently experiencing. However if you would like to get the facts clear in your head and consider the matter carefully before contacting us, you may find the information below to be of some use. In the next sections, our tree surgeons explain some of the pros and cons associated with tree pollarding, along with some additional points that you may like to consider before deciding what to do.

Pros and Cons of Tree Pollarding

Pollarding is a widely accepted and well established arboricultural practice, employed to help control the size and shape of mature trees. It has many benefits to offer but it’s not always the right solution. Let’s tackle things in reverse order by looking at the negatives first: some reasons that pollarding may be the wrong choice.

Cons of Tree Pollarding

Not all trees are suitable candidates for pollarding. As mentioned above, it is not a good idea to try pollarding birch or beech trees, along with certain other broadleaf species. Most conifers are also unsuitable candidates for this particular procedure. Additionally, you will need to pay for professional help: this is not a procedure that can be performed by unskilled persons.

Pros of Tree Pollarding

Pollarding has many benefits to offer suitable specimens, including a longer lifespan, more sunlight and a reduction in top weight, which makes trees less susceptible to damage during stormy weather.

Additional Points to Consider

In addition to the above-mentioned pros and cons, you may also like to consider any risks to persons or property that your trees may currently pose. If it helps you to reduce the risk of accidental damage and injury on your land, tree pollarding will definitely be a wise investment. If you’re still undecided, please feel free to call and speak to us now.


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