Tree Surgery trade jargon
The cultivation and management of trees, shrubs and other woody plants.
The cutting down of a tree to near ground level at regular intervals.
- Crown lift (also know as crown raising)
The removal of a tree's lowest branches.
- Crown reduction
The removal of some of a tree's branches with the aim of reducing its height and/or spread.
- Crown thin
To remove some of a tree's smaller branches - usually at the outer reaches - to make the foliage more evenly spaced.
- Dead wooding
The removal of dead branches from a tree.
Cutting down trees leaving a stump behind.
- Formative pruning
Shaping a tree or plant when young to affect its later growth and development.
- Lopping and Topping
Often seen as outdated terminology that can be used to describe clumsy work - lopping involves taking off branches with vertical cuts, while topping involves thinning the crown of the tree with horizontal cuts, often through the main trunk.
Removing the top of a young tree and encouraging multiple branches to emerge from the same point.
- Stump grinding
The process of removing a tree stump with a machine that grinds out the wood. The roots will still remain.
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