When the branches of a large tree become heavy and start distorting the natural shape of the tree, the tree must be thinned. Crown Thinning is our process of thinning the crown of any tree, so we can achieve additional air flow, increase light penetrations (which allows grass to grow beneath the tree), and retain the natural shape of tree. At the same time, we also reduce the heavy weight on the tree's limbs.
When we see branches on a tree that are dead, dying, diseased or weak, we must remove them. Crown thinning also entails removing limbs that rub together or against other trees or objects and removes selected suckers and branches through the inside of the tree.
Although thinning the whole tree can help a tree, we always consider structural pruning before we start pruning away the tree's entire crown. This is the best way to thin out a tree. This will reduce defects first, and then balance out the aesthetics of the tree so we don't cut away too much.
We'll also remove selected branches in crowded parts of the canopy (or crown). This creates a lacier visual effect. We do all this to reduce diseases, molds and fungi.
Homeowners should be careful not to over-prune their trees (called "over thinning"). You should consult a licensed tree care professional (preferrably an Arborist from G&V Tree and Landscaping Services) before you start cutting away.
If you have any questions about Crown Thinning or the pruning of any of your trees, please feel free to contact us today! Our tree care experts are always here to help answer any questions you may have.