RVT Case 1 Magnolia

I start with a silly one, a small Magnolia. It had grown to dominate the front garden of my client but had a lovely shape and form typical of the species.

The interesting thing about this one is that it is RVT but done in an unusual way, It’s unusual because unlike large trees there was no limitation on movement and access because it was all done using long pruners and hand held pruning saws from the ground or off short ladders.

The freedom allowed me to do something slightly different, an “outside in” RVT.

Let me explain. Reduction Via Thinning when applied to large trees needs planning, the movements around the canopy choreographing for efficiency and speed.

In effect an “inside out” RVT where the tree is climbed from the inside to the points at which it was decided the individual branches would be pruned to. The segment of branch to be removed beyond the growth phase change, is removed and the climber moves on to the next section of the tree.

This Magnolia, like other small trees, was different in that I chose the longest side branches and leaders on each side of the tree, pruned those branches back to the best growth phase change and stood back to assess the changes.

Then as I worked around the tree three or four times the next longest side branch or leader, then the next would be pruned back, gradually reducing it a bit at a time. In a large tree such pruning is possible but moving a climber around and around a canopy would be difficult, time consuming and therefore expensive.

So this tree affords an opportunity to see what can be done, when gradually reducing a small tree by Reduction Via Thinning in it’s purest form, outside in.

It took 2 hours for 2 men including travelling and cost £120 + VAT The resulting shape preserves the natural looking form, typical of this species, but reduces it’s overall size in such a way that I think it would be hard to tell the difference and in fact, as this was done when my client was out, they were initially surprised to be told that we had completed the work but then delighted that we had done so only for them to fail to notice. Compliments from clients don’t get better than that.