Tree Pruning, Trimming and Reducing in London

GraftinGardeners have multiple teams of highly skilled tree surgeons for both residential and commercial customers in and around the London area.
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Tree pruning can be required for a number of different reasons. For instance, overgrown limbs can overcrowd other specimens and make things look informal, block the essential light to other trees, shrubs, plants and even your garden area. Another good reason to prune your tree/trees is to reduce weighty limbs which are susceptible to damage from wind or just weight alone. Minimise damage from high winds and storms by maintaining your trees.

How we carry out tree pruning:
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Before any pruning is carried out, our tree surgeons will assess your trees individually and decide the best possible course of action in relation to your tree species, shape, size and condition. Your trees will be pruned efficiently to maintain an even balance and safe condition. All branches will be cut optimally to reduce the risk of tearing and infections.

To avoid damaged to your trees and surrounding areas, we use the latest tree surgery techniques to ensure the safe lowering of large limbs and branches. All pruning will be carried out in a controlled manner by using lowering ropes and or slings where necessary. If your tree has dead, storm damaged or diseased branches they will be cut back to the relevant branch collar.

We will make appropriate cuts to the branch collar and always adhere to the guidelines set out in the BS3998 (British Standards). This will ensure tree health and balance while obtaining the desired overall shape of the tree.

Tree Pruning Services in London

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Pruning is the correct term for the removal of any live part of a tree; this can also be known as tree trimming or tree cutting. It should preferably be carried out using a branch collar to give the tree its best chance of healing the resulting wound. There are various types of pruning that can be done:

Tree Crown Cleaning in London

Removal of dead and dying wood; stumps of broken or poorly cut branches; unwanted epicormic shoots. Crown cleaning can also include the removal of unwanted climbing plants such as ivy or foreign objects such as wires.

Tree Crown Lifting in London

Lower Branches are removed to effectively raise the crown, which is the whole branch structure of the tree. This is a very useful treatment of large garden trees where shading is a problem, as the light can come in underneath the tree.

Tree Crown Thinning in London

Crown density is reduced by the removal of selected branches from the whole crown, but the overall shape and size of the tree is maintained. This is normally done as a weight reduction method if a significant structural weakness is identified in the stem or major branches. It is also done to reduce damage that could result from crown resistance to strong winds or to allow more light through a tree.

Tree Crown Reduction and Reshaping in London

The crown is made smaller without spoiling the shape of the tree. This is very skilled work and often involves a method of pruning called “drop-crotching”. Again it is done to reduce the weight in potentially dangerous trees, but can also be useful if trees are obstructing or damaging buildings or power lines.

Tree Pollarding in London

Tree pollarding is a method of management where the main leading stem of a young tree is removed to encourage regrowth. The regrowth that then occurs can be regularly removed (re-pollarding) back to the same point (the pollard head).

Tree Pruning to Avoid!

There are various methods of to tree pruning but not all of them are particularly good for the tree. Here is an example of bad practice pruning:


This is the hard pruning of a mature or semi-mature tree involving the removal of nearly all of the trees branches and foliage. It is nearly always considered unacceptable practice unless on hazardous trees and should not be confused with pollarding. Using this type of pruning destroys the tree’s shape and introduces decay and encourages the development of a weak branch structure and can kill some species such as beech.

If you require any of our tree surgery services, simply use the quick quote from on the right or alternately you can call us on 0208 123 7653.

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  • Excellent! Great service and fairly priced. Everyone involved was friendly and efficient from the office staff to the engineers. Highly recommended!
    Cynthia Garcia
  • Very happy to recommend these guys. They cut our tree back 5 years ago and I had no hesitation digging out the invoice and calling them again.
    Luke Gibson
  • Great professional team. They came to reduce a pear tree in the garden and did a very good job. They knew what to cut or not cut for the tree to recover from the trauma of the reduction.
    Denis Gorce-Bourge
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