How often do trees need pollarding to restrict growth?

Does tree pollarding usually need doing annually?

Asked by Pete on 11th Jan 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"Annually is normally the common practice either late winter or very early spring"
Answered on 11th Jan 2023 - Member since Jan 2018 - report
"Anyone with experience in tree care will probably notice a lot of bad pruning on trees in our cities. The most egregious example is when a tree has 'pollarding' done or is 'topped'.

What is 'pollarding' or 'topping' and why is it bad for Trees?

'Pollarding' or 'Topping' is a type of pruning that involves the removal of whole tree tops or large branches, leaving behind only stubs or small lateral branches.

This is poor practice and usually creates large wounds, which often allow decay to invade the tree. New branches are often weak and break off after a few years.

This type of pruning can cause a lot of damage to a tree that can shorten its life and create a safety hazard.

Why would you want to 'top' your tree?
... It looks unattractive, leaving the tree with a stunted appearance.

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Answered on 16th Jul 2024 - Member since Apr 2024 - report
"Between 5 & 7 Years, depending upon species and rate of growth."
Answered on 5th Jul 2024 - Member since Aug 2023 - report
"I would probably recommend once a year, but it depends on the tree, the best solution is just to keep an eye on the tree and when you think the tree is starting to shoot out of your preference then have it cut"
Answered on 30th Jan 2024 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Usually but depending on what tree as some may need pruned mor than others"
Answered on 11th Jan 2023 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"Depends on species /formation/disease/location/previous pruning practices."
Answered on 11th Jan 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Depends please send some pictures across and we can give you an accurate answer many thanks"
Answered on 11th Jan 2023 - Member since Jul 2020 - report
"In response to your question, it varies from tree to tree (spieces) not really much help to you but as often as needed"
Answered on 11th Jan 2023 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"Trees need pollarding one every year or second year depending how much they grow"
Answered on 12th Jan 2023 - Member since Dec 2022 - report
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