benefits – from improving our air quality, to managing carbon and reducing runoff.
And it’s because of those benefits that we need to do our best to make sure we’re
taking care of them as best we can.
One way we do this is something called crown reduction.
the end of branches and trims them back to a healthy length. It can be used to
reduce long and heavy branches, overextended branches and removes branches that
might have defects or infections. This reduces the size of the crown, but helps
strengthen the structural integrity of the tree, itself.
Why you might need it
The bigger and older a tree gets, the more likely it is that it needs some sort of
pruning. As time goes by, trunk develop cracks and canker sores that can lead to
decay and cause undue stress on the tree itself.
When this happens, the tree is at a higher risk for damage. This can happen through
ice storms and weight caused by winter precipitation. Branches can become weaker
and get split by high winds. These breaks are dangerous, not just in terms of the
branches falling to the ground, but to the health of the tree overall as the exposed
wounds can leave them exposed to pests and infections.
Crown reductions help eliminate these problems before they happen. They protect
trees from major damage before storms; while encouraging newer, healthier growth
in trees that are in decline and can prevent further, more damaging cracking that
may impact other areas of a tree’s overall structure.
Why it’s about more than simple maintenance
Mature trees contribute a lot to our environment and when one dies or becomes
damaged beyond repair, a great many benefits are lost. Simply put, crown
reductions can prolong the life of your tree and can help you avoid having to remove
the tree altogether.
If you have a tree that you’re concerned about, give us a call and we can help walk
you through what the process would look like. Trust us when we tell you – you
won’t regret it and neither will your surrounding ecosystem!