Crown thinning involves removing a number of secondary branches in such a way that it produces a balanced crown structure, without altering the overall size or shape of the tree.
It results in improved light levels passing through the canopy thus reducing shading. It reduces the sail effect of the crown and also reduces the wind loading upon the limbs of the tree. The removal of weak, crossing or duplicated branches.
Tree crown thinning involves systematically removing a number of secondary branches in such a way that it produces a balanced crown structure, thinning out and reducing density without altering the overall size or shape of the tree.
Crown thinning is applied mainly to broad-leaved tree species and commonly when pruning fruit trees. Usually the extent of these works is specified as a percentage. i.e carrying out a 10% crown thin. Tree thinning is one of the more difficult tree pruning practices and produces a more subtle result than that of crown reduction.
There are several reasons why tree thinning may be required:
- Tree thinning can result in improved light levels passing through the canopy, thus reducing shading
- Crown thinning may reduce the sail effect of the crown and also reduces the wind loading upon the limbs of the tree if carried out properly
- Thinning reduces weight and it allows the removal of dead, weak, crossing or duplicated branche
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