Crown Thinning Service across London, Surrey & Kent

Why Prune a Tree?

Crown

Thinning



⮞ To allow more light in.

⮞ Protect the tree from the wind

⮞ Helps produce more flowers/fruits 

⮞ Removes any damage

TREE CROWN THINNING

What does Crown Thinning involve?

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The Crown Thinning Process

Tree crown thinning involves systematically removing a number of secondary branches whilst maintaining a balanced crown structure, thinning out and reducing density. Crown thinning will not alter the overall size or shape of the tree. 

Crossing or rubbing branches are removed together with diseased wood. The tree is then pruned to reduce the crown density whilst retaining a natural shape.

Crown thinning results in improved light levels passing through the canopy and so reduces the shade beneath. It reduces the sail effect of the crown and also reduces the wind loading upon the limbs of the tree. The removal of weak, crossing or duplicated branches.

Crown thinning is applied mainly to broad-leaved tree species and commonly when pruning fruit trees. Our tree surgeons work to a specification when completing crown thinning. For example 15%. For more information call our friendly team.

What to Avoid When Crown Thinning

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Avoid producing "lion’s tails", tufts of branches and foliage at the ends of branches, caused by removing all inner lateral branches and foliage.

Lion’s tails can result in sun-scalding, epicormic sprouting and weak branch structure and breakage. Branches that rub or cross another branch should be removed.

To avoid unnecessary stress and prevent excessive production of epicormic sprouts, no more than one-quarter of the living crown should be removed at a time. If it is necessary to remove more, it should be done over successive years.  

When Should You Prune Your Tree?

Check which season should you prune your deciduous or evergreen tree below.

When to Prune Deciduous Trees:

Layer 1

Spring - Summer

Ailanthus
Alder
Ash
Beech
Elm
Eucalyptus
Hornbeam
Horse Chestnut
Lime
Oak
Plane
Rowan
Whitebeam
Willow

Layer 1

Summer

Robinia
Cherry
Almond
Apricot
Peach
Plum 
Magnolia

Layer 1

Summer or Winter

Walnut
Maples
Sycamore
Birch

Layer 1

Winter

Apple
Mulberry
Poplar

When to Prune Evergreen Trees:

Layer 1

Spring

Pines

Layer 1

Spring - Summer

Cypresses

Layer 1

Summer or Winter

Firs
Hemlock
Spruce
Yew

Layer 1

Winter

Cedars
Holly
Holm Oak
Western Red Cedar

CROWN NEED THINNING?

Other Types of Tree Pruning

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Tree Crown Reduction
During a crown reduction the tree's crown is made smaller without spoiling the shape of the tree. This is very skilled work and often involves a method of pruning called “drop-crotching”. Again it is done to reduce the weight in potentially dangerous trees, but can also be useful if trees are obstructing or damaging buildings or power lines.

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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.

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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
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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The Tree Fellers are trusted and professional tree surgeons. We have developed an excellent reputation for providing quality, safe and cost effective tree surgery for both domestic & commercial customers.

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