Trees are beneficial for a few reasons. In addition to adding curb appeal to your home, trees can improve the overall energy efficiency of your home and add enormous resale value. On average, a mature tree can be valued at between $1,000 and $10,000! Of course, proper care is essential if you want your trees to be appealing, healthy, and valuable.
You may know the benefits of pruning your trees, but you may not be familiar with the crown reduction process and how it can help your trees. This guide and your tree professionals will help you understand crown reduction and how it benefits your trees.
Definition of Crown Reduction
As the name suggests, crown reduction involves reducing the size of the tree's crown. However, this important maintenance task is more involved than you may think.
Also known as drop-crotching, crown reduction involves removing portions of the top of the tree's canopy to reduce its height. A small amount of the tree's canopy is removed only, which ensures the tree will not experience stress that could cause it to die.
You may confuse crown reduction with tree topping, but they are different procedures.
Tree topping removes a larger portion of the tree's canopy. While a crown reduction removes less than 20 percent of the crown, topping removes numerous large branches or even the entire canopy, which places an enormous amount of stress on the tree.
Benefits of Crown Reduction
Some people only trim their trees when absolutely necessary. For example, if a tree limb is broken and dangling off the tree's canopy, you may think to prune it off. In reality, a crown reduction can be beneficial for other reasons too.
A crown reduction improves the look and basic appeal of your tree, which is one of the main benefits for homeowners especially. By removing a few taller limbs or limbs that grow haphazardly from the canopy, you create a more streamlined design that many homeowners want for their landscape design.
If the tree is infected by fungal growth or pests, you may notice discolored, decaying, and dying foliage and branches. A crown reduction can remove these diseased sections of the tree, which will not only improve the tree's look but also prevent the pests, infections, and diseases from spreading further into the tree. As a result, your tree heals more effectively and efficiently.
A crown reduction can also prevent fungus from growing on your tree in the first place. Reducing the crown and trimming interior limbs throughout the tree improves the circulation of air through the tree. This improved airflow reduces the amount of moisture affecting your tree, making it less appealing for fungal growth.
Since moisture and fungal growth are common causes of root rot, crown rot, and leaf wilt, crown reduction and trimming will protect your tree from many deadly diseases.
Another important benefit of a crown reduction is that it will prevent damage to your property. The taller the tree is, the more susceptible it is to the effects of the wind.
Heavy wind from a storm can cause one or more branches to break off, but the tree's taller canopy adds weight that can cause the entire tree to topple over. By reducing the size and weight of the canopy, you can reduce the risk of a tree or branches falling onto your land, vehicles, driveway, or house.
Protecting the look, health, and value of your trees is possible with a bit of understanding and professional care. For more information on crown reduction, trimming, and other tasks to maintain your trees, contact the professionals from AAA Tree Service today.