Do you have a tree that has outgrown its location but too pleasing to fell?
Crown reductions and pruning are an industry practise that we use quite frequently. This can be for trees that are overshadowing the garden or property but are too nice to cut down. So, we use the reduction practise where we look at the existing shape of a tree and reduce the overall crown to a specific size.
The general principle is that following a crown reduction, there should still be a strong framework of small diameter branches and leaf structure to produce strong density of growth in the following growing season.
A crown reduction will alleviate bio-mechanical stress by reducing the leverage and the sail of the tree.
Crown topping is a practice that is not recommended in our industry but is talked about a lot by clientele. A responsible and professional tree surgeon such as ourselves will not offer this service as it causes permeant disfiguration and can lead to rotting of stems and later, failure.