As anyone in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington DC knows, we have a large percentage of older, more mature trees. As the size of these trees increase, the stress placed on its limbs, branches, and trunk increase as well. Crown Reduction is pruning those larger limbs that put increasing stress on the tree.
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.
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 Crown Reduction or the pruning of any of your trees, you should definitely contact us today! Our certified tree experts are here to help you with all of your tree care needs.