Pollarding is a tree pruning technique which develops a framework of bare scaffold branches with gnarly knobs at the very end of each branch. During every spring, numerous straight and long leafy sprouts emerge from these knobs in order to produce a dense and shady canopy.

Tree pollarding began in the middle ages in Europe in order to produce kindling for fireplaces however, nowadays, pollarding takes place in order to manage to size of a tree that is too large for the space available and/or to create a formal look in the landscape.

The biggest problem with tree pollarding is that it is so often done wrong which means that no matter how much your neighbour insists he can do it correctly, it is best to call in the professionals. Here at Ashley Tree Services, we’ve put together the do’s and don’ts when it comes to tree pollarding…

Do. The sprouts should be removed every one to two years. Pollard sprouts are attached weekly and if they are left on the tree for years and year, they become thick and heavy, which causes a potential hazard.

Don’t. You shouldn’t start the pollarding process on a mature tree that has not been pollarded before, as this is really hard on a tree. The sprouts will emerge from below the cuts and while it will sort of look like pollarding, bluntly cutting mid-node through thick or mature branches is called topping and trees heal badly from this technique.

Do. Start the process on a young tree which is between two or three years old. Ideally, a limb or sprout will never need to be cut that is more than 1 inch in diameter.

Don’t. When pollarding trees, you shouldn’t choose a tree which doesn’t take well to the process. Opt for sycamores and horse chestnuts instead.

Remember, it is always best to call in professional tree services for tasks such as pollarding. Ashley Tree Services are proud to represent such an industry. If you’re looking for the top tree surgeon Manchester has to offer, get in contact today for all your tree pollarding needs!