Crown reduction is the reduction in height and spread of the crown (the foliage bearing portions) of the tree. Crown reduction may be used to alleviate mechanical stress on individual branches or the whole tree or make the tree more suited to its immediate environment. Crown reduction can also be used to reduce the effects of shading and light loss etc.

Crown Reduction – What does it do?

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 should not exceed 100mm diameter unless there is an over-riding need to do so. Reductions should be specified by actual measurements, where possible. A good crown reduction will leave the tree appearing perfectly natural.

Not all species are suitable for this treatment and Crown Reduction should not be confused with Lopping and Topping, an indiscriminate and harmful treatment.

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