Today I’m going to run through the options you have if your tree is in a fast-growing cycle.

Quite frequently I am visiting customers who would like an “annual trim” and although we can provide this, have you considered all of the options?

An example:

Let’s say you have a focal tree at the front of your garden and it has been cut hard in the past; this previous cut has been carried out by a non-professional. Due to the poor cuts and the extent the tree has been cut, it has responded in a way to best keep itself alive, thus putting on epicormic growth to compensate what it has lost. This growth is usually very fast and sometimes can reach the original height in a short space of time, as well as sometimes having an unsightly form.

Why is this a problem?

Once a tree is in this cycle it can be hard to form a natural form again, it can take several years and it is done by selecting certain leaders to allow to take place as the new primary growth.

Although a competent arborist should be able to carry out these types of works, it can become very expensive as it requires several visits.

What can you do instead?

This is where I would sometimes suggest the option of maybe removing the tree and replant with the same species or something else. More often than not this method can save you a lot of money in repeat visits by the tree surgeons.

This method doesn’t work for every scenario as it is also species dependant and I am also not suggesting removing a veteran tree in order to cut costs. We can advise you on the best options for your tree with an unbiased view.