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2 ways that you should NOT cut a tree. As ive already said be AWARE, be VERY AWARE !!!!!

By dragonflytreeandgardenservices, Mar 30 2018 04:15PM

Ok here we go, just to follow up on my last blog. These 2 tree jobs as im sure you will agree, look absolutely crap and I just hope the customer refused to pay the cowboys who did these jobs. When a tree is reduced, it should actually still look like a nice tree. When you stand back and look at a mature reduced tree, with the exeption of a pollarded tree(which should ideally be done when the tree is young) ie Willow, Poplar, Black Locust, Robinia, London Plane, Mulberry, Tree of Heaven or Lime amoungst a few others. The tree should look similar to what it looked like before it was cut, just smaller in size. A cut branch should where possible have a piece of growth left 1/3 of the size of the branch your removing at the point of the cut. This means that the growth will still be fed keeping the said branch alive. If no growth is left at the point of the cut and a stump left instead, with a few exeptions. The cut branch will die all the way back to the next piece of growth. If there is no growth at all left, the tree will simply die. A professional tree surgeon would know this. Mature trees you can stump off and reshape like an un-natural shape ie a lollipop not creating dead wood include:- Willow, Poplar, Yew and Lime. These trees will shoot from the cuts. Most other mature trees won't stand cutting back severely and the cut banches if stumped will die back to the the next available piece of growth(leaving unsafe dead wood)if there is any left. Pollarding is leaving only the trunk, removing the whole crown of the tree. Reducing is making the crown smaller, but still leaving the tree looking like a nice tree. Coppicing is the cutting of a broadleaf (flower baring) tree with the exeption of yew trees (cone baring) to near ground level, leaving a stool to stimulate multi stem regrowth.


The following trees pictured below are a mature Scotch Pine and a mature Beech tree that should NOT of been cut like this:-



NOT the work of Dragonfly !!!
NOT the work of Dragonfly !!!

NOT the work of Dragonfly
NOT the work of Dragonfly

NOT the work of Dragonfly
NOT the work of Dragonfly

NOT the work of Dragonfly
NOT the work of Dragonfly

Mature Beech tree now good for one thing. A pigeon to sit on as you can see
Mature Beech tree now good for one thing. A pigeon to sit on as you can see

As you can see the Scotch Pine is aleady dead and now a hazard just waiting to fall over right next to the road. In my opinion I would say the Beech will die too!! If the Beech lives, its still not been reduced properly as im sure it wouldn't of looked anything like that before it was reduced!

Be aware be very aware!!




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