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Pollarding Trees: Everything You Need To Know

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One method of tree management that has been practised for centuries, is tree pollarding. This pruning technique involves the regular removal of upper branches, promoting a specific growth pattern that offers both aesthetic and practical benefits.

What is Pollarding Trees?

Pollarding trees is a method of pruning trees where the upper branches are systematically removed, typically leaving a framework of major branches. This technique results in a distinctive, often striking appearance characterised by a knuckle-like growth at the end of each branch.

The Purpose of Pollarding Trees

Controlled Growth: Regularly having your branches cut back, helps to control the tree’s size and shape, making it suitable for smaller spaces or urban environments.

Longevity: When done correctly, pollarding can extend the life of the tree by preventing decay and disease in the main trunk.

Harvesting: Historically, pollarding trees was used for wood production, as it encouraged the growth of long, straight branches ideal for firewood or woodworking

Trees Suitable for Pollarding

Not all trees are suitable for pollarding. Commonly pollarded trees include:

  • Willows (Salix species)
  • London Plane (Platanus × acerifolia)
  • Poplars (Populus species)
  • Hornbeams (Carpinus species)
  • Mulberries (Morus species)

When to Pollard

The best time to pollard a tree is during its dormant phase, typically in late winter or early spring. This timing minimises stress on the tree and allows for new growth to emerge during the growing season.

Get in Touch With Morris Brown Arborist

When Pollarding Trees is done correctly and with consideration for the tree’s health, pollarding can transform landscapes, prolong tree life, and serve as a sustainable method of managing tree growth.

If you’re looking for an expert to pollard your trees, get in touch with us here at Morris Brown Arborist. When Pollarding trees it is crucial to understand the specific needs of each tree species and follow proper techniques to ensure the best results. Fill in our online contact form or give us a call at 07706905305.


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