A hardwood tree may benefit from what is known as crown thinning at some point in time, as suggested by your arborist. Aside from those who are going through their minor height thinning, you probably haven’t heard of the word. Crown thinning is selectively removing branches from a tree to reduce its overall density. The following are some considerations we will make when deciding whether or not to suggest crown thinning.
Thinning a tree’s crown is an effective method for shaping its canopy. We can prune away any branches that are too close to one another or have an unhealthy V-shaped angle from the trunk. We can also prune away weaker branches, such as those that are crossing others or that might rub against one another.
- Let in the light
In time, a hardwood tree, especially one growing strongly and healthily, can become rather bushy. Yet, there is also the possibility of crowding. Some branch pruning may be necessary as leaves, stems, and other branches compete for sunlight and nourishment. The tree will benefit from the stronger growth of its surviving components if given space to spread out.
- Protection from wind
If a tree has grown too large, a strong wind can topple it instead of ripping through its limbs. The likelihood of successfully correcting the problem and saving a large or well-established tree is extremely low. Large trees pose a significant risk to the surrounding landscape and neighboring buildings.
- Remove damage
When a tree gets too big for its space, it becomes a haven for pests and illnesses. When we thin the crown, we can remove dead or diseased branches. Deadwood and branches that pose a danger by drooping into the path of vehicles or other hazards will also be removed.
- High production
After having its crown thinned, a tree will have a greater capacity to produce blooms and fruit due to a mixture of benefits, which include an increase in available light and a reduction in the number of competing branches. Although there may be a lesser amount of fruit, the overall quality of the fruit will be much improved.
Even though the expense of crown thinning is greater than that of standard tree cutting, the effects are far more advantageous to the tree’s health and look. After having its crown thinned, the tree will continue to be in a healthy and stable form for years to come, and in the majority of instances, the only additional pruning that will be required is light pruning.
The effect a tree in good health has on a property’s local climate, as well as the aesthetic value of the property as a whole, is valuable. The relationship between the landowner and the trees on their parcel can be viewed as a form of trust in which both parties contribute something of value to the relationship. A landlord may enjoy the many benefits that hardwood trees will offer their property for decades to come if they have a professional do some crown thinning on their tree.