Crown Reduction

Crown Reduction

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The Washington, DC area has very favorable growing conditions for different tree species. Some non-native tree and plant species are invasive. Others blend in nicely to the mid-Atlantic landscape. As the size of these trees increases, the stress placed on its limbs, branches, and trunk increase as well. Crown Reduction is the pruning of selected limbs at the tree canopy for reducing height.


Topping Is Not Crown Reduction

  • Tree topping is an older form of tree pruning that was widespread before the 90's. It's even performed now by fly-by-night tree services. Smaller trees that are vigorous and growth can take topping cuts. Tree topping was originally used on fruit trees to increase yield. The problem is when someone cuts a tree that is tall and reduces the height drastically. Larger trees have a harder time to seal the larger wounds. Water-sprouts become the new canopy.

When topping a large tree risk compromising structural integrity and tree health. The water-sprouts grow from the topping cuts will become large vertical tree branches. The issue is that water sprouts are not meant to be 30 to 40 feet tall. The branch union of a water sprout is drastically different than the branch union of a limb. When topped trees become taller, they pose more of a risk than a solution.

How crown reduction is different from topping
Crown Reduction is a time-consuming technique and is more an art than a science. It requires significant experience and training to perform this service. The difference is we do not cut back to water sprouts or leave large stubs with small lateral branches. We selectively reduce the height while making the appropriate lateral pruning cuts. This means that we cannot reduce the height of large trees drastically. A routine crown reduction will train the canopy to maintain a lower height.

Some species of small trees that are vigorous a growth can withstand topping cuts. When topping small trees, the tree looks unpleasant for a season. During the next growing season, new growth will replace the topping cuts. After some time, the tree will be full of growth and at the desired height. To maintain trees at a desired height, trees may have to be prune more frequently.

If you have questions about Crown Reduction or the pruning of any of your trees, you should contact us today! Our certified tree experts are here to help you with all your tree care needs.

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