Here at Westbeams Tree Care we can carry out a range of different tree related tasks to a high standard, and one of the most commonly supplied services is crown reduction. The term crown reduction might be one that is unfamiliar to you, so join us now as we talk you through the basics…

What is crown reduction?

Crown reduction is a process through which the top canopy of a tree is removed. This often means the tree is radically reduced in size. It is a commonly used method of altering the size of a tree’s canopy and one that we have perfected over many years. To ensure the best results we only use the most advanced equipment for the job. And don’t worry… all of our staff are fully trained, as well as briefed thoroughly on health and safety requirements. Please note that a crown reduction is often a last resort when it comes to altering a tree’s canopy. Therefore, when we attend any job to quote, we always advise on any alternative methods such as crown thinning. The reason crown reduction is a last resort is due to the strain that is placed on the tree. Having said that, we know how to keep this strain to an absolute minimum.

When is crown reduction needed?

There are a number of reasons why crown reduction might be needed. However, the most common reason is because a tree has simply become too large. Indeed, overhanging branches can completely block the light from a home if a tree is not properly maintained. In addition, large branches can pose a danger during inclement weather. There are also aesthetic factors to consider as well. No doubt, overgrown trees can interfere with the desired scale in a garden.

Do I have to use a professional?

No. There is absolutely no legal requirement for you to use an arborist for a crown reduction. However, we strongly advise you to hire a professional when thinking about any type of tree alteration. This is because without the correct training the work can be extremely hazardous. Furthermore, not completing the job properly could lead to irreparable damage to your tree, which can be placed under extreme stress during the process. If you are worried about the cost, why not call us today and get a free, no obligation quote? You will probably find that crown reduction is much less expensive than you thought.

When should crown reduction be done?

The best time to carry out crown reduction on a deciduous tree is winter. This is because it will have no leaves, which makes the whole procedure safer and more accurate. Of course, there are times when crown reduction will need to be carried out when a tree is in leaf. It is worth noting that these jobs are likely to take slightly longer to complete because of the visual obstacles posed by a full canopy.

If you want to benefit from crown reduction, simply call or email us now to book your free, no obligation consultation.