Crown Thinning

Crown Thinning Darlington

infographic demonstrating crown thinning before and after

What is Crown Thinning

Crown Thinning is the process of selectively removing specific branches within the crown of a tree, to reduce branch density and create space between branches. . This is done to enhance the light penetration, air circulation and reduce weight within the tree’s canopy.

Some key aspects of Crown Thinning :

  • Evaluation and planning: An arborist will need to survey the tree and carefully select the branches that need thinning to reach the desired outcome. They will evaluate the branch density and overall canopy health.
  • Selective branch removal: The arborist will then carefully remove the chosen branches within the crown. They will do this by removing whole branches and shortening certain branches, so that there is an even distribution of foliage throughout the canopy.
  • Maintaining natural shape: Crown thinning reduces the weight of the tree’s canopy and allows more natural light to pass through the tree. Some trees will need regular crown thinning such as Lime tree as they produce large amounts of epicormic growth.

As you can see Crown thinning can almost be necessary in maintaining a healthy tree. Before undertaking any tree work our arborists at Tree Surgeons Darlington will asses the specific needs of your tree, so that we can determine the appropriate level of crown thinning required. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. We provide professional advice for free.