Formative pruning is a tree surgery practice where we shape the tree, at a young age, to a desired result. With deciduous trees, the best time to work on them is in the winter when there are fewer leaves. It is better to prune evergreen trees in April. Tree surgeons usually prune over a 4 to 5-year period. With experience in specialist tree work and all types of formative pruning, Angus Wilson Quality Tree Care, located in Chilworth, is ideally positioned to cover areas of Guildford, Cranleigh, Woking, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and the South East.
We would recommend pruning 'stone' fruit trees in the summer.
Tree surgeons typically form ornamental trees to a central leader standard with defined trunks and canopies. This type of tree surgery trains a young tree to grow as a standard with a 1m to 2m trunk, and a central leading branch.
There are many reasons for pruning a tree:
There are also several types of formative work we undertake on mature trees in Guildford and Cranleigh, and in the surrounding Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and South East areas:
A process where our tree surgeons remove small branches throughout the crown to reduce the density of the crown, leaving uniform foliage around an even branch structure. Crown thinning works best for species with broader leaves and will not impact general shape. It is important not to thin crowns by more than 30% of their foliage.
This type of tree surgery improves light flow, lowers overall canopy weight and significantly reduces resistance to wind.
The removal of lower branches, while avoiding the loss of larger branches from the tree’s trunk to prevent wounding and reduce the risk of disease. Crown lifting increases the flow of light into areas around the tree and has added benefits for nearby plant life.
With this type of tree work, we never cut more than 15% of the crown height and always specify the job to a fixed point.
Tree surgeons reduce mechanical stress on branches, and the height and spread of the crown, to make species better suited to their environment. This practice retains the crown’s main framework, improves light flow and reduces shading. It leaves a smaller outline that is tidy but not necessarily symmetrical.
This form of tree surgery should not be confused with topping, a crude practice that is both indiscriminate and harmful.
Customers in Guildford, Cranleigh and the surrounding South East area can also use Angus Wilson Quality Tree Care for any of the following types of tree work:
Deadwood may break off during storms, leaving the heart of the tree exposed and risking damage to nearby property. Deadwood looks unsightly. It can accumulate water that encourages fungal growth, rot and decay, creating potential habitats for insect infestation, further compromising the tree’s health.
Use our tree surgeons for deadwood removal on a standalone basis, or as part of a crown thinning or reduction service.
Please visit our website gallery to see examples of our tree work in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and the South East.