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Pollarding Suburban trees

15 March 2017 22:58:12

Another way of dealing with large trees in housing estate verges is 'pollarding'.

Our original tree, a Norway maple heading for 20 metres was removed by the council after being complained of as a being a safety hazard by lifting the concrete pavement crack.Since people no longer lift their feet, nor look where they are walking, we persuaded the council to 'sand' the offensive crack in the pavement.

The maple was then replaced by one of those new elm trees - Have you seen the height and weight of them in very few years! That tree died of strimming.

I was determined to have a tree, in fact two trees to protect me from the fumes of the two cars on either side, so I planted and oak and an ash in my side of the verge.

But I keep them pollarded - I can control them from ground level, cautting them back each year, but haveing a full head of leaves all summer.

Polllarding used to be very popular but I hardly ever see it now. It has to be started when the tree is young if it is to be managed from ground level - no ladder climbing as we wouldn't want to create a safety hazard.   

(Sorry no pic - camera cable mislaid during reconstruction!)


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 March 2017 07:47:39

Your version certainly sounds like a sensible approach to urban planting.

Scrubber Scrubber 16 March 2017 21:21:59

when the camera does come back please let us see. It was very brave to plant oak and ash!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 March 2017 22:39:23

Not only that - but she forecasts the Summer weather with these trees!


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