Crown Reduction and Reshaping
A crown reduction is the process of reducing the size or the shape of the overall canopy of the tree. The branches are shortened evenly on the outside of the crown. This can involve reshaping an unbalanced crown where there is uneven growth. This maybe due to being suppressed by other more dominant trees. Alternatively, limited sun light in the day can cause a tree to grow towards the sun leaving it unbalanced on one side.
Crown reductions are also carried out when a tree has become too large for a space or garden. Deciduous trees such as Oak (Quercus) and Sycamore (Acer psuedoplantanus) are trees that can be given a symmetrical canopy. Leyland cypress (Cupressus × leylandii) and Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) are not normally able to be reduced in a symmetrical manner. These trees are normally reduced by height as the structure of the tree is upright in a columnar format.
Our crown reduction and reshaping work
An Acacia tree before and after: