Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is the process of removing limbs and epicormic (sucker) growth throughout the crown to reduce the overall density of foliage and includes the removal of crossing, weak and dead branches. The thinning process does not affect the overall shape or size of the crown.

Crown thinning is often carried out to allow light to penetrate the crown and to reach a building or garden that is heavily shaded by a tree. It is often a good compromise where light is an issue and the tree has been considered for removal. It can also be used to reduce wind resistance where a tree has a weak branch system.

Thinning also reduces the weight of the crown and the removal of particularly heavy or lateral limbs that could damage other limbs if they failed is sometimes a good course of action to prolong the life of a tree.

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