What Does Crowning Accomplish?
Crowning a tree reduces its “crown”, or the bushy areas above the trunk. By applying the proper pruning technique, it will redirect the flow of nutrients from thicker branches to connecting thinner ones.
How crowning works is by finding the split in a branch where one end is thick, and one limb is about 1/3rd of its diameter. By carefully removing the taller branch, the plant will stop sending nutrients to it and redirect it to the smaller one.
In the end, it will prevent the larger branch from continuing to sprout, while allowing the thinner areas to fill in. It’s a win-win, and one that makes your trees look their best!
Is Crowning Like Topping Trees?
For a long time, tree topping was considered the way to go when attempting to shorten trees. However, for the most part, topping a tree produces more risk factors than it’s worth.
However, there are some situations where a tree does require topping. But attempting to top a tree that doesn’t need it will likely wind up being its demise.
Crowning a tree occurs through precise pruning intended to guide a plant’s nutrients to the areas that need them. Topping, on the other hand, often winds up as if you’ve cut the head off of it!
Dangers of Topping Trees
Unless you are told to top trees by a care service provider, you should avoid these cuts. Otherwise, you are creating the potential for a variety of symptoms to take place.
The most frequent issue is that topping can force a tree to starve to death. By removing a significant portion at once, it renders the plant unable to produce enough food to live.
The branches that grow out of a topped tree are often tangled, weak, and grow in erratically. Soon it will be just as tall, except now it appears as if it has gotten mangled!
These weakened branches are prone to developing fungal infections, and the formerly cut areas grow in denser. When it’s time to prune again, it’ll feel like cutting through steel!
Call in the Experts
Both crowning and topping are advanced pruning techniques. If you have never attempted these cuts, it’s not something you want to learn the hard way.
Instead, you should leave it to the experts at Rochester Tree Service. Our team has the experience and tools you need each time!
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