Crown Raising

Crown Raising

Often times when we are caring for a tree we will see that we need to "raise the crown."  This process is all about removing branches from the bottom of a tree to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, mowing, and provide a better view.  This service should be done with extreme care as excessive limb removal could negatively impact the structural integrity of the tree. Not only does the process enhance a tree’s overall health, but it also serves to protect lives and property by making trees safer.

​Tree pruning, raising the crown, should result in two-thirds of the tree’s total height being left intact. For young trees, branches deemed temporary can be retained along the stem to protect trees from sun scald. Roots that are less vigorous can be allowed to grow and should remain from 4 to 6 inches apart along the tree’s stem. Pruning should take place annually and late in the dormant season because the structure of the branches are easier to see.

The Benefits of Crown Raising


  • Increased yard light for better grass growth and planting at lower levels
  • Increased mobility under trees for mowing and pedestrian/vehicle traffic
  • Clearance for cards parked in a driveway
  • Enhanced safety for pedestrians on the street/sidewalk
  • A less-cluttered look

Low hanging branches can negatively affect a home's curb appeal by blocking its view. But more importantly, loose and low hanging branches can present a hazard to vehicles and pedestrians passing by. Homes built on a corner lot, are particularly good candidates for crown raising services. While crown raising may be a personal preference, removing harmful low-hanging branches provides definite benefits for a property owner. Not everyone is skilled enough to perform their own tree pruning and crown raising. It's not as easy as just cutting off low-hanging branches. It takes training, skill and patience. If you’re uncertain about the services you need, just give G&V Tree and Landscaping Services a call today.

All work performed according to America National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Standards and (ANSI) Z133.1 Safety requirements for tree Pruning Services.