Crown reduction or shaping, involves the systematic reduction of peripheral branches to decrease the height and/or spread of a tree's crown area, leaving a 'flowing line.'
We complete a Crown Reduction' in order to prevent trees from interfering with overhead telephone and power lines, reduce the contact between buildings and other infrastructure, reduce the weight of potentially dangerous limbs or to rebalance a tree after storm damage.
Crown reduction work can be specified to cover every branch within a trees crown or it can be limited to just one.
The reduction in most cases should exceed 25% of the crown volume, however, inappropriate pruning can significantly increase future maintenance requirements.
Crown reduction may be used to reduce mechanical stress on individual branches or the whole tree, make the tree more suited to its immediate environment or to reduce the effects of shading and light loss, etc. The final result should retain the main framework of the crown, and so a significant proportion of the leaf bearing structure, and leave a similar, although smaller outline, and not necessarily achieve symmetry for its own sake.
Crown reduction cuts should be as small as possible and in general not exceed 100mm diameter unless there is an overriding need to do so. Reductions should be specified by actual measurements, where possible. Not all species are suitable for this treatment.
Every pruning cut inflicts a wound on the tree. The ability of a tree to withstand a wound and maintain healthy growth is greatly affected by the pruning cut – its size, angle and position relative to the retained parts of the tree.
As a general rule branches should be removed at their point of attachment or shortened to a lateral which is at least 1/3 of the diameter of the removed portion of the branch, and all cuts should be kept as small as possible. Examples of correct pruning cuts are shown as follows.
Western Red Cedar
Tree Crown Lifting
Lower Branches are removed to effectively raise the crown, which is the whole branch structure of the tree. This is a very useful treatment of large garden trees where shading is a problem, as the light can come in underneath the tree.
Tree Crown Thinning
Crown density is reduced by the removal of selected branches from the whole crown, but the overall shape and size of the tree is maintained. This is normally done as a weight reduction method if a significant structural weakness is identified in the stem or major branches. It is also done to reduce damage that could result from crown resistance to strong winds or to allow more light through a tree.
Tree Crown Cleaning
Removal of dead and dying wood; stumps of broken or poorly cut branches; unwanted epicormic shoots. Crown cleaning can also include the removal of unwanted climbing plants such as ivy or foreign objects such as wires.
Tree pollarding is a method of management where the main leading stem of a young tree is removed to encourage regrowth. The regrowth that then occurs can be regularly removed (re-pollarding) back to the same point (the pollard head).
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