Pollarding is not suitable for all trees. However, it is a method of pruning that keeps trees and shrubs smaller than they would naturally grow.

It is normally started once a tree or shrub reaches a desired height. Annual pollarding will restrict the tree to that height. Once pollarding has commenced it is advisable to continue pollarding every 2- 5 years to maintain shape and size depending on species.

Pollarding is a technique used for several reasons:

  • Prevents your trees and shrubs outgrowing their allotted space
  • Reduces the shade cast by a tree
  • Pollarding can prevent electric wires and streetlights being obstructed
  • Pollarding can create unique healthy trees that live for a very long time

Please be aware that different species of trees respond to pollarding in different ways and pollarding is not suitable for all trees.

It should be noted that pollarding and topping are two very different forms of pruning. Topping can be harmful to trees and can initiate decay.  After any major work, the tree should be monitored for any further maintenance required. GTF Tree Care can advise you if pollarding is suitable for your trees.


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