Crown Thinning FAQ
When is crown thinning required?
Crown thinning should be performed every year or two, depending on the growth and size of the tree. You should have an arborist take a look at your tree to see if it could benefit from a crown thinning. Be wary that trees with overgrown branches, damaged branches, discolored branches, or branches that have lost their bark should be trimmed. Be on the lookout for branches that have moss or fungus growing on them as well, and keep an eye out for branches that no longer grow foliage. All of these branches can prove dangerous for those who pass underneath the tree, and they may end up killing the tree itself, if left unattended.
What time of year should I thin my tree’s crown?
While the ideal trimming period will vary from tree to tree, it’s generally best to have your trees’ crowns thinned during the winter, usually just before spring rolls around. During this period, your trees will be dormant, which means that they won’t be damaged by a cut branch. As winter turns into spring, cut branches will heal quickly, and the remaining branches on your tree will thrive, thanks to the extra access to water, nutrients, and sunlight that the crown thinning will provide.
How long does it take to thin the crown of a tree?
With the right equipment and with our expertise, it shouldn’t take more than a day to thin the crown of your tree. That said, if you have a very large tree, or a tree that is placed precariously near your home, power lines, or other obstructions, it may take longer to ensure that the branches can be lowered down safely. If you’d like to learn about a time estimate for your project, and to schedule a convenient time for your crown thinning, simply give us a call.
Can you trim branches that are hanging over my home or in a dangerous location?
Absolutely. We have the proper equipment to remove branches that could prove hazardous if they were to fall freely after being cut. Instead of simply lopping off these branches so that they tumble down to the ground, we will tie off these branches before we cut them. Then we will safely lower them down. We also have the proper climbing gear to scale your trees, if necessary, or we can resort to using a crane to access the canopy of your tree, depending on the accessibility of your property and the size of your tree (our crane can only reach so far).
Are you certified arborists?
Yes! We have International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborists on our team who have the knowledge necessary to ensure that your trees are looking their best. You’re sure to be satisfied with our tree care services and the look of your landscape.