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To reduce the overall size of a tree's crown, while maintaining the natural balance and shape – ensuring that it still looks like a tree. It may be that you would like to keep your tree but you need more light in your garden, or you feel uncomfortable with the tree's size given its proximity to your property. Sometimes a tree with decay or cavity may be spared removal by reducing its crown, and thus greatly reducing its susceptibility to structural failure in high winds.
Crown lifting is carried out to increase the clearance between the ground level and the lower branches either to allow access below the tree, to clear sight lines, improve views or allow light to penetrate to the ground.
This is done to allow more light through to the crown without altering the overall shape and size of the tree. Crossing or rubbing branches are removed together with diseased wood. The tree is then pruned to reduce the crown density whilst retaining a natural shape.
Pruning may be undertaken with hand tools or power tools. Material might need to be removed in sections to take account of adjacent hazards. Arisings may be allowed to fall to the ground or they may need to be guided to the ground by hand or lowering equipment.
No tree should be pruned without first establishing a clearly defined pruning objective, which may include the following:
•Improve crown structure and form
•Reduce risk of failure
•Prolong useful life expectancy
•Removal of dead, dying or diseased wood
•Influence flowering or fruiting production
•Reduce wind resistance
•Allow more light to enter house or garden
Major Crown Reduction ( Weeping Willow)