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Expert Pollarding Services

What is Pollarding?

Pollarding, you may have heard the term before but what actually is it? Well, did you know that pollarding is actually a method of pruning that specifically involves the removal of the upper branches of a tree in order to prevent it from growing more than it naturally would? 

Why is this done? 

There are many reasons why you might pollard a tree or shrub. Firstly and probably the most common reason is the effect pollarding has on the growth of a tree.

You might have a tree in your garden planted within a confined space that if left unmanaged, has the potential to disrupt your other plants and shrubs. Pollarding can restrict the growth of a tree and keep it at your desired height. 

Other reasons why someone might want to pollard a tree or shrub include: giving it shape, encouraging the growth of stems with more colourful leaves and decorative bark and producing larger than usual leaves. 

If you’d like to find out more on pollarding please keep reading below, otherwise you can call our tree surgeons at Dorset Arborists on 07392 513 306 or send an email to info@dorsetarborists.co.uk.

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Benefits of Pollarding

There are lots of great benefits of pollarding: 

  • Pollarding can help improve the health of a tree.
  • Can reduce the risk of falling branches.
  • Pollarded trees can be transplanted easily, which makes them ideal for growing in areas where there is not enough space.
  • A tree that has been substantially pollarded has a better chance of producing abundant flowers, and eventually fruits.
  • Leftover wood from the trees can be repurposed or recycled.
  • Improvement in aesthetics.
  • Offers a sustainable solution as it can help trees live longer.

When to Pollard a Tree

Generally, the best time to pollard a tree is in the Winter. The reason this is the best time is that deciduous trees (trees that shed their leaves at the end of the growing season) are more exposed and the tree’s structure is more noticeable.

Additionally, the colder temperatures reduce the tree’s level of sap, thereby reducing the risk of damage and stress to the tree.

Furthermore, there are fewer insects and fungi around during the winter, so there is less chance of infestation.

Which trees can be pollarded?

Pollarding can be carried out on a number of different types of trees. Here are some common ones: 

  • Elm (ulmus)
  • Ash (fraxinus)
  • Elder (sambucus)
  • Oak (quercus)
  • Mulberry (morus)
  • Gum (eucalyptus)
  • Common lime (tilia x europaea)
  • London plane (platanus x hispanica)
  • Tulip tree (liriodendron)

 Why Choose our Pollarding Specialists?

If you’re looking for a way to keep your trees healthy, look no further than our pollarding specialists at Dorset Arborists. Our team is experienced in all types of tree care, including pollarding, crown neatening, tree felling, hedge trimming, stump removal and much more.

We can help you determine whether pollarding is the right choice for your trees, and if so, we’ll create a plan that matches your specific needs. We know that each client has different goals when it comes to their garden and its trees, but we always strive to provide the best possible service regardless of the situation.

That’s why we offer such a large range of services—we want to be sure that whatever your needs are, we can meet them. If you’re unsure about what kind of maintenance or treatment your trees need, don’t worry! Our experts will take the time to talk with you about how to best care for your trees.

They’ll also be happy to answer any questions you might have about our services or any other aspect of tree care that might be on your mind.

Questions on Pollarding

Although coppicing and pollarding are both related pruning methods, there is a difference between them. 

The difference between them is where the pruning is carried out. While coppicing involves cutting trees and shrubs at ground level, pollarding is done at the top.

It is recommended to pollard a tree annually, once a year, ideally in the winter months when the temperature is cooler.

There are a few reasons why you would want to pollard a tree. One of the main reasons is that it will keep trees and shrubs smaller than they would naturally grow.

Maintaining the height of a tree like this has a number of benefits, from improving the aesthetics of your garden to preventing branches from falling off. 

This is very difficult to answer, as it will depend on the size and complexity of the task at hand. Some experts suggest that to trim and prune a large tree such as oak would roughly cost between £500-£600 whereas smaller trees will range from £100-£150.

However, every pollarding job will be different so the best thing to do is call our tree surgeons at Dorset Arborists and we will provide you with a free quote. 

Get a Free Pollarding Quote

At Dorset Arborists, we know that choosing the right tree surgery company can be confusing. That’s why we make it easy for you to find the right service to meet your needs.

When you request a free quote, an expert from our team will contact you to discuss your specific tree care needs, answer any questions or concerns you may have, and provide a free estimate on the price of our services. 

The best way to contact us is by calling a member of our team on 07392 513 306 or sending an email to info@dorsetarborists.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!