When a tree’s canopy has grown too large or has become too dense, it can block out vital sunlight and stunt the growth of other plant life sitting in the shade. Another danger that is presented from a tree’s canopy becoming too large or dense is the chance of falling branches, which could potentially cause damage to property or seriously injure someone. Luckily there are two options to combat such problems and reduce a canopy that’s grown too dense.
Crown reduction is the process of removing the top canopy of the tree to bring an overall shape to the canopy of the tree; this is one of the most common techniques used when pruning trees. This can be for the purpose of gaining more light to a property/area or to reduce the size of a tree that is starting to become a safety concern.
Crown thinning is the process of thinning out the top canopy of a tree without altering the overall shape and size of the tree. Branches that cross or rub together are removed, along with any diseased branches. The tree is the pruned to allow more light to a property or area.