Garden Services

Harrison Tree Care Felling

Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is a pruning technique primarily used on hardwood trees. Crown thinning is the selective removal of stems and branches to increase light penetration and air movement throughout the crown of a tree. The intent is to improve a tree's structure and form while making life uncomfortable for tree pests.

Crown Thinning also reduces weight loading on the limbs, thus reducing the chance of limb failure due to over burden. The increase in light penetration benefits paths and patios by reducing 'greening' and benefits lawns and garden understory by increasing photosynthesis potential.

This procedure is often undertaken in conjunction with Crown Lifting.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction pruning is most often used when a tree has grown too large for its permitted space. This method is preferred to topping because it results in a more natural appearance, increases the time before pruning is needed again and minimizes stress.

Crown reduction pruning should be used sympathetically, as the sometimes significant wounds allow disease invasion and will detrimentally effect the tree's health. This method should never be used on a tree with a pyramidal growth form. A better long term solution is to remove the tree and replace it with a tree that will not grow beyond the available space. We can offer help in selecting a suitable species and offer planting tips – or carry out the service for you.

Crown Lifting

Crown raising is simply removing branches from the bottom of the crown of a tree to provide clearance for pedestrians, vehicles, buildings or lines of site. For street trees the minimum clearance is often specified by the highways agency.


Due to a wide variety of reasons, conditions occasionally necessitate the total removal of a tree. Often in a garden environment this can be difficult due to possible damage of other plants, trees shrubs, structures or ponds. The sectional removal of a tree is often the only safe proposition. This is undertaken by qualified and trained personnel in a carefully controlled manner. For additional peace of mind we are also well insured!

When a tree is felled we often receive requests to leave a raised stump for putting a potted plant on, to leave thin discs to be used as a garden path, to sculpture the wood into a seat, or piece of art! If you would prefer complete removal of the tree, stump grinding can be carried out.

Harrison Tree Care Felling

Hedge Trimming

Hedges are a common feature in many gardens. Many species are planted as hedges and all involve some degree of maintenance. Hedges that have grown beyond manageable size, or are of significant importance can present their own problems. Each hedge has its own set of considerations and should be carefully considered before work is carried out. We also offer a regular hedge conditioning service, which ensures any necessary work is undertaken at the optimum time of year and in harmony with other scheduled works.

Debris Removal

In a day and age of waste, it is important we consider where our 'green waste' will end up. By employing an unscrupulous worker you may be contributing to the problems of fly tipping or other inconsiderate disposal. We recycle as much of our green waste as we can, continually identifying as many outlets for our branches, wood chip, logs and burrs as we can. If you have a use for any of these please contact us.