This is when the 'crown' of the tree is made smaller; either all over, or in a certain area to take care of an imbalance in the shape. A good reduction will leave the tree with a strong framework of large branches which then support the smaller branches and twigs (leaf bearing).

When would you have a reduction done?

  • When a tree has become too large for its position, but removal is undesirable.

  • To address an imbalance, or pruning to clear an object (e.g. building street lights).

  • To maintain a specific shape.

When should I NOT have a reduction?

  • Certain species react poorly to reduction and others should only be reduced at certain times of the year.

  • When a tree is in the wrong position, or the space is not fit for the tree, it may be better to remove it and plant a more suitable tree.

Crown reduction

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