Simulated Wind Pruning for Trees Book Review by Chambers Media staff writer, Holly Marling
Simulated Wind Pruning for Trees, David Lloyd-Jones’ fantastic tell all book that dives into why and how the sympathetic management of trees should be practiced, is the first of its kind. The book gives any reader a new way of looking at, understanding and seeing trees. Offering a detailed introduction to the preservative pruning technique of ‘Reduction via Thinning’, a process that successfully fights against wind damage through removing only a small number of branches back to their natural pruning points.
Along with this, the book also awards its reader a fantastic insight into concepts like ‘Resonance Frequencies’ and the ‘Saccadic Eye’. Concepts that won’t usually come up in this topic but that are necessary for the deep understanding of the morphology of trees and the beneficial pruning technique that this book offers. Its writer, David, is undeniably passionate, with a 28-year-old successful tree contracting company under his belt giving him bundles of experience. He takes his reader through the steps needed to put an understanding of tree form to use, arguing that all tree maintenance should be concerned with preserving the character of the tree and that the best way to do so is through ‘Reduction via Thinning’ (RVT). The eye opening and unique way that he achieves this however is what really makes the book such a triumph, as he commits himself to changing the way that the reader “sees trees”. Throughout the book he urges his reader to see trees as the “culmination of millions of generations of tree’s species” and introduces the idea of using the ‘Saccadic Eye’, a process which involves an arborist only glancing at a tree for a fraction of a second before turning and then describing what issues he has seen from memory, instinctively pin pointing any problems. By underlining how the use of instincts can be successful when trying to find any issues with a tree’s maintenance, David highlights how the human species has evolved to be very aware of surroundings, or has a “subliminal impression” of what looks right and wrong. Thus, telling the reader to trust his instincts and act on them when maintaining his tree.
This way of seeing tree’s supports the theories pushed in the book, solidifying David’s steps of looking closely at the morphological traits of trees, using the unique characteristics found, such as resonance frequencies, to understand the best ways of pruning and always seeking to maintain the character of the tree whilst pruning. These steps, backed by this new way of understanding trees, all point towards RVT being the best option for pruning. Once this has been confirmed, the “least understood tree pruning specification” is then explained in detail. Giving great insight into the science behind RVT and the results that the pruning technique offers. He puts emphasis on how it can give the tree’s structure a mechanical advantage against heavy winds, thin out the canopy of the tree and bring it to an extremely healthy state. This is all done in a captivating way, with the book proving its point using video’s, the writer’s experiences and case studies that are mapped out in detail.
Any reader of Simulated Wind Pruning for Trees will come away with an exciting new way of looking at arboriculture and trees in general. This page turning book really does give any tree enthusiast a complete guide to understanding and maintaining a tree’s character and introduces the necessary building blocks for a professional execution of reduction via thinning.