Tree crown reduction is a method of trimming back a tree by removing branch tips and pruning back to a growth point further down the branch. It can be used to reduce the overall size of a tree while keeping its natural form. It is also used to remove dead, diseased or damaged branches.
Crown reductions help to modify the general shape of the crown of the tree and reduce stress on individual branches and is one of the most commonly performed tree surgery techniques.
You may consider crown reduction to reduce the height and width of the tree to allow more light to enter your garden, to help maintain a large overbearing tree, prevent obstruction or to ensure broken or weak branches are removed so they do not cause injury or damage during severe weather.
Crown reductions are the recommended way of reducing the size of a tree as it keeps the structural integrity of the tree and allows it to keep its natural form and still look aesthetically pleasing.
Tree topping is when the top of a tree is simply cut off to reduce the height of a tree, however any tree surgeon or arborist worth their salt won’t recommend this route. This method leaves the trunk exposed, weakening the tree structure. This can leave the tree exposed to sun damage, nutrient stress, insect attack, decay and weakening – not to mention it doesn’t look great either!
With tree topping, shoots can develop, forming weakly attached branches which in turn creates an increased risk of branches falling – damaging property or harming others which you can be liable for.
All these side effects from tree topping create a lot more maintenance work in the long run, so not quite a short cut in the end! We recommend hiring tree surgeons such as Essex Tree Brothers to complete crown reductions and maintain your tree is a safe and productive way.
Essex Tree Brothers are a family-run company who have been operating for over ten years and have plenty of experience and horticulture knowledge to ensure your trees and plants are looked after and maintained in the best possible way. We will always recommend the best course of action and give you our professional opinion.
We have helped transform gardens across Essex and perform crown reductions in Essex regularly. We believe in working safely and ethically to protect people, properties and the environment.
Tree surgery is one of the most dangerous professions in the world, which is why our staff have all the necessary training and qualifications for working at height and using machinery such as mobile elevated platforms, cranes and rigging equipment as well as harnesses. Because of the risks involved in crown reductions, we recommend hiring a professional tree surgeon to complete more complicated and dangerous garden maintenance.
If you would like to talk to us about a project or a tree you are considering crown reduction for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help and advise or visit the site free of charge to assess the requirements. We’ll provide you with a free no-obligation quote with no hidden fees.