Pollarding involves removing a significant amount of the tree leaving just one or several large branches cut to stubs.
This encourages lots of new small branches to grow, producing a smaller fluffy crown. Yet the trunk will continue to grow.
These pollarded trees can then be maintained on a cycle by removing all of the new growth back to the previous pollard stubs, over time these produce distinct “knuckles” on the ends of pollarded branches.
Some species react well to pollarding and it’s ideal to start in their younger years. We can advise you if your tree is suitable for pollarding.
Did you know that pollarded trees can live longer due to them staying in their “juvenile” state.
A pollard is a very old tree management technique.
In Ancient Rome, Propertius mentioned pollarding during the 1st century BCE and it was prevalent in medieval times.