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Crown thinning

Crown thinning is the selective removing of stems and branches, to increase light penetration and air movement ,throughout the crown of a tree.

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When to crown thin a tree

  • To allow more light through the crown by reducing the density.

  • To allow the wind to penetrate through the crown, therefore reducing the likelihood of damage to the tree or its environment.

When NOT to crown thin a tree


Crown thinning certain species can cause the tree to produce more growth along the branches, therefore undoing the works you've undertaken

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