Crown Reduction

Crown Reduction

As anyone from Northern Virginia knows, we have a large percentage of older, more mature trees. As the size of a tree increases, the stress placed on its limbs, branches, and trunk increase as well. Pruning selective limbs - or the entire canopy (crown) to reduce the size and weight of the limbs can help reduce the risk of failure and prolong a mature tree’s life.

Crown Reductions reduce the size of the tree and minimize the risk of being top heavy.  This will also reduce the risk of any "kite effect" during windstorms. Reduction compared to topping – it helps maintain the form and structural integrity of the tree.

Crown Reductions are a More Extensive and Severe Form Of Pruning


  • Reduce the weight of potentially dangerous limbs.
  • Balance out a misshapen tree - particularly following storm damage or after bad pruning.
  • Prevent trees obstructing or damaging buildings and property.
  • Prevent trees from interfering with overhead utility lines.

This type of pruning is generally referred to as crown reduction pruning and should generally be done when a tree isn’t actively growing (dormant).

Crown Reduction is a time-consuming technique and is more an art than a science. It requires significant talent and training to perform this service. It should be said that is a temporary measure because the tree will eventually revert to its natural size.  This is a service that should be done regularly over time - especially for larger, more mature trees.

If you have questions about this service, you should definitely give us a call today!