The crown of your tree is the top cap that is the accumulation of your tree branches' leaves, flowers, fruits, and other twigs. When the tree is older or larger, it can often have a denser crown that can hang over the sides of the tree and cause the growth of the crown to spread outwards. When your trees' crowns are denser and heavier, this can lead to more debris fallout from your trees, the greater probability for pests or unwanted bugs, and potential damage to your home or building if the crown is growing towards the building structure.
Crown thinning isn't mean to completely cut off your trees' tops or caps, but rather to cut back the internal branches and reduce the density of the crown. By doing so, there will be fewer branches that have items that can result in fallout and there will be more visibility through the crown of the tree, as well as reducing the threat of damage to your surrounding building structures. We know that you want to keep your trees looking great, full, and healthy, which is why we offer the services we do. Crown thinning doesn't take away from the trees' structural integrity, but simply modifies it in a way that makes it more manageable.
Crown lifting is another similar service to crown thinning that’s meant to reduce shading and debris fallout. If your tree has a larger crown that droops to the ground, it can weigh down some of the branches and cause further fallout and debris buildup on the ground, as well as cracks or broken limbs from the extra weight. You might also notice parts of your soil dried out or your grass discolored from lack of sunlight visibility because the tree crown is so dense. Crown thinning and lifting can heighten the space between the crown and the ground and increase visibility and overall health to the tree.
One of the main benefits of crown thinning and crown lifting is to reduce the overall debris and fallout that comes from the trees having dense leaves, flowers, and fruit. If you find yourself unclogging your gutters with leaf buildup, or your grass is covered in acorns that you can't walk across, then you'll definitely want to consider having your trees' crown thinned out and heightened. Certain types of heavier fruits on trees can also be damaging to your roof, clog your drains, or even get picked up by one of your pets while outside. For these reasons, we recommend having your tree crowns thinned before spring to avoid the extra fallout during the fall time.
Lastly, in conjunction with reducing debris, you’ll also save money on landscaping and seasonal cleanup services when you decide to thin out the crown on your trees. With less debris and fallout from your trees, your seasonal cleanup should be easier and more manageable, without having to pay your landscapers hundreds of dollars to rake your leaves. We also provide our feedback and tips on how to approach seasonal cleanups with the types of trees you have so that it’s not only quicker and more efficient, but also more manageable long-term.