Crown Reduction and Crown Thinning

tree surgeon in tree with chainsaw doing crown reduction

What is crown reduction and thinning?

A tree crown reduction reduces the tree’s height or spread. In order to reduce the size of the tree and to maintain its aesthetic value, crown reduction is essential.

Reduced tree crowns require a careful, delicate operation that must be conducted by a certified arborist. A tree’s beauty and health can be adversely affected if a crown reduction is done incorrectly, so it’s imperative to understand the species and biology of the tree before reducing its crown.

Thinning the crown of a tree is a pruning practice that alters the shape of the tree by creating a uniformed branch structure by removing branches around the crown. Additionally, this allows for more daylight, which is ideal for homeowners who’s  sunlight from their gardens is blocked by trees but don’t want them completely removed.

The process of crown thinning involves removing dead branches, which requires the skill of a professional tree surgeon due to the intricacies of the process and the risks involved. In addition to considering external factors, such as wildlife and nearby land, a tree surgeon also considers its biological makeup.

The benefits of having crown reduction and thinning?

Crown thinning has many benefits, including:

  • More sunlight: Thinning trees allows more natural light to come in, which means homeowners can keep their trees and enjoy more  of the sun
  • Safety: Crown thinning involves removing dead branches from trees, making people and property safer from falling branches during turbulent weather conditions.
  • Wind access: A thinned tree crown also allows more wind to pass through, which increases its resistance to being blown over in windy conditions.
  • Appearance: Pruning helps improve the branches structure of the tree, resulting in a uniform growth pattern

People often opt to have their tree’s crown reduced for a number of reasons, including:

  • More light. The main reason people select tree crown reduction is that it allows more light through to their garden or property without eliminating the entire tree.
  • Tree mechanics. The reduction of tree crowns can reduce the amount of stress and weight placed on individual branches. This preserves the shape of the tree.
  • Aesthetics. Reduced crowns allow trees to maintain their appearance and shape as well as prepare them for healthy growth.
  • Restoration. The reduction of the crown of a tree can help it rebalance itself after being damaged by a storm or other adverse weather conditions.