The process of reducing the overall canopy of a tree.
Basson's Arboriculture specialise in reshaping of trees, shrubs and hedges. Our pictures speak for themselves! In most cases Basson's Arboriculture recommends a maximum crown reduction of 20%. Larger reductions can lead to heavy regrowth, which will block out light and can damage the health of a tree.
Every tree that we work on is cut to a strong growing junction or back to a collar. This promotes healthy, strong growth that is more natural looking and better for the tree. Heavy reductions, or cuts that are in the wrong place, will 'fool' the tree into thinking that it has had storm damage. The tree's dormant buds will then produce fast growing, weak wood (epicormic growth) that is a defence mechanism designed to produce large quantities of leaf bud that looks unsightly and unnatural.
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