Our expert tree surgeons have extensive experience of tree pollarding throughout Norfolk. This tree care service is not for everyone to do to the “lollipop look”.

With expertise in the commercial and domestic environment, our arborists will perform the job to the highest and safest standards.

What is a tree pollarding?

Tree Pollarding is cutting back the canopy branches back to the trunk. This produces a dense area of cut branches.

Usually, this tree surgeon technique is performed on young trees. The process is then repeated every other year throughout the tree’s life.

The optimum time to undertake tree pollarding, in most cases, is at the start of spring or end of winter.

For most trees, the best time to pollard them is late winter or early spring. The exception is maple trees, avoid pollarding a maple in early spring because that’s when its sap is running and it would be a sticky mess.

Certain tree species require pollarding in other times of the year due to sap. Our professional arborists based in Norfolk can assist with this advice.

What are the reasons for tree pollarding?

Tree pollarding is undertaken to protect the health of a tree. Therefore, it is the most common tree surgeon practices.

Here are some reasons why pollarding a tree is needed:

  • Keeping a tree from growing outside of its boundary on private property;
  • Allowing trees to remain more compact in street or public parks;
  • Avoiding damage to property by removing outgrowing branches.

An alternate option for some of the above reasons is a crown reduction.

Pollarding of trees is a traditional process for farmers. Mainly for using the removed wood for livestock, fuel or to make useful things. Rather than a cut a tree down, the renewable wood from the tree could be used for many years,

Our Norwich based Tree Surgeons will only undertake tree pollarding after a tree assessment.

What are the methods of tree pollarding?

Not all trees are suitable for tree pollarding. There are very few conifer trees, apart from the yew, that can be pruned with this technique.

Other trees that may be used for pollarding include:

  • Willow
  • Beech
  • Oak
  • Hornbeam
  • Lime
  • Chestnut
  • Ash
  • Maple
  • Sycamore

Pollarding a tree must be kept up. The purpose of tree pollarding will depend on the frequency. For example, for aesthetics pollard every two years. For a sustainable supply of wood, prune every five years.

Failing to maintain the tree will result in a risk of heavy branches, overcrowding and disease.

For the reason above, an experienced tree surgeon should be hired to undertake this task.

Why should I use Target Trees?

Trees of Norfolk are regularly pollarded, with Target Trees arborists working on many of them. As always, we maintain our standards as tree care service leaders in every job. This involves:

  • protecting a tree’s future health;
  • ensuring the public away from any danger;
  • keeping the property of the surrounding area as protected from debris.

Our tree climbers use only the safest of rigging equipment. As a result, we can remove debris and perform safely any tree care duties.

After multiple years of working in Norfolk, our professionally trained arborists have expert knowledge of tree species throughout the county.

Consequently, Target Trees is the safest and suitable choice for tree pollarding services.