Hugo Morvan wrote:I have pruned many trees. No official training, just a good book about it, sharp tools, good ladders.
Be in the tree and look and think, which branch is damaged, which branch needs to go to get more air and light in, if i take out a big branch, it will cause a lot of imbalance because it has too much energy and will put it into sprouts everywhere. So go slow on whole branches..
One old tree was especially tricky, have been doing it for 5 years. Just started to get it under control. Meaning two hours of taking small branches=sprouts out and the apples it produced got bigger.
The owner sadly passed away this year, but the tree was very much to her liking. So much so it figured in full bloom on her mourning card.
Trees are special, if you can't find someone who cares, do it yourself. Go slow, really take your time just to observe. In and away from the tree. Don't go and say now i'm gonna get this done without looking, just looking at the structure. Get to know it. Look which branches could still grow when you take one "wrong" placed out etc.
Have you taken a picture? Maybe you'd not mind sharing..
Mark Reed wrote:I agree with those that commented on what a beautiful tree it is. I can't see a single reason, from the trees point of view, that it needs any trimming at all. It's a glorious mature tree. I bet it's been there a 100 years at least. I wouldn't do a thing to it except protect it's root zone, no digging, no equipment at all, nothing but a lawn chair or just a blanket where I could recline and listen to it's stories. You say your in the UK? That tree probably remembers the sound of Hitler's Luftwaffe, the last thing I'd expose it to is the roar of a chain saw.
I am the proverbial tree freak. When I had the forester out to check my woods so I could put my land in "forest reserve" and not have to pay taxes I didn't know what "forest reserve" meant. Turns out it means chop then down for highest profit. He encouraged me to go ahead and harvest a stand of hard maples, some as big as your tree, said I should do that before a storm or something reduces their value.
I politely told hem he had overstayed his welcome and as far as the trees were concerned, they could die of old age and rot where they fall.
Skandi Rogers wrote:It looks like an English oak which although it's hard to estimate the girth would put it around the 150 year old mark. it also looks very healthy if a bit unsympathetically pruned, I assume because it shades other things. Lifting or thinning the canopy will not benefit the tree, though it may benefit you and anything you wish to put under it.
Hester Winterbourne wrote:I would tend to agree with the folk who say it doesn't look like it needs pruning. Why do you think it would "benefit"? It does look like an oak, and possibly sessile rather than pedunculate, so presumably you're not looking for an improvement in fruit yield. Seems a bit late to try and encourage a better habit for eventual timber production. If it's been badly pruned in the past, I can see you might want to repair the damage by taking branches right out that had been cut back, but that's about all.
I agree with you about UK tree surgeons, they cater for people who want their trees made smaller. The customer is always right, and it creates more business in a few years when it needs doing all over again.