Tree Crowning in Anaheim, Orange County
If there is a contradiction in ideas it’s the fact that to promote growth in trees and plants, you need to trim them. That’s right. When you cut them back you are actually helping them grow better and faster than if you had left them alone.
That’s the idea behind tree crowning, a concept that not too many people have heard of in Anaheim, much less practiced, until the past few years.
What is crowning a tree?
In its simplest terms, tree crowning is the removal of the smaller/tertiary branches that are usually found at the outer edges of a tree, the outer edges being the crown. This selective removal of these branches produces not only a more uniform density of foliage around the branches of a tree’s structure, but it also encourages future growth of the tree.
Tree crowning is done after a careful tree crown measurement is taken to prevent too much being taken off the tree. Tree crowning classes are often given to arborists to teach them the finer points of this process.
Crowning a tree does not, despite popular misconception, mean that the overall size and shape of a tree is affected. This is because the growth that is most often removed is not necessarily that which is largest and whatever does not add to the overall scheme of a tree.
What is a Tree Crown Reduction?
When an arborist in Anaheim, California recommends crowning a tree, they are usually faced with the question of “What does it mean to crown a tree?” In fact, unless a person is a professional, it is often difficult to determine when a tree has had its crown reduced versus being topped, which is usually more obvious.
With a tree crown reduction, it is only those branches that are outside of the more general shape of the tree that are removed. It is similar to crown thinning or crown raising but is most often not as extensive.