Tree crown reduction is another specialized service offered by Viking Tree Service. We have a team of certified arborists on staff for exactly this kind of work, because we would never trust your trees to anyone but the best!
In our business, tree crown reduction is a service that just a few tree care companies in the Lake Winnebago area can do really well. Some don’t even offer the service at all because it is complex and requires very unique skills. Finding a certified arborist to perform these tricky jobs can be difficult, so Viking Tree Service considers ourselves very fortunate to employ some of the best tree specialists in the area. These experts can thoroughly explain to you the reasons and methods behind tree crown reduction, if you are interested in the details of the service. And if you’re content leaving the particulars to the pros, you can trust that your trees are in good hands when you call Viking Tree Service to do your tree crown reduction!
We can handle any job, no matter what condition your trees are in. Crown reduction is one of our most aggressive services, reserved for trees that have an extremely overgrown and/or thick crown. Therefore, no tree is too far gone for our services! We have the tools and skills to reduce the size of a tree’s crown even if the tree is extremely tall. This service can get any tree back into a beautiful shape and healthy condition! Some types of trees are more susceptible to developing an overgrown crown, while others only need regular trimming and occasional pruning to maintain a beautiful shape.
You can enjoy your trees for many more years to come when they are cared for properly. Small trees of any variety rarely need tree crown reduction. Usually, structural pruning, also known as formative pruning, is all that is necessary for young trees. If you start professional tree care when your trees are small, you could reduce the likelihood that you will need to do a major tree crown reduction later on, when the tree is much larger and the services would be much more extensive. This is true for almost any variety of tree, even ones that grow to have very large crowns.
Across the industry, it’s standard to remove 25% or less of the tree’s crown, including all foliage, stems, branches, and limbs. Removing any more than 25% of the crown could threaten the tree’s natural structure, so you’ll never hear of Viking Tree Service removing more than that. We also strive to leave enough branches so that the tree retains it ‘character.’ Some people find it amusing that we recognize each tree’s personality, if you will, but this is exactly what makes each tree unique and beautiful, so that’s what we’ll preserve. This is where specific knowledge of trees and their innate structure becomes important. Anyone with a chain saw can remove branches, but only someone with a trained eye, such as a professional arborist, can remove branches that will promote the tree’s growth and strength for years to come.
A tree crown reduction does not just take the tree’s height into account. It also has to do with the tree’s mass and width. All of these factors are minimized with tree crown reduction services. Professionals performing this service also remove any leaders from the tree. These are branches that extend far beyond the tree’s natural crown. When tree crown reduction is finished, you should be left with a tree that has a smaller and more compact crown. The entire crown should reduce slightly in size, leaving the tree in a more pleasing shape and letting the strongest branches remain on the tree.
The crown of the tree begins with the lowest branches, and extends to the tip-top of the tree. When we examine the tree, we will designate portions throughout the tree that will be removed so that one area doesn’t experience more reductions than another. The idea is that the entire crown shrinks, but the reduction should not be noticeable when the job is done.
Tree crown reduction takes the entire crown into consideration, not just the top. Companies that practice tree topping, a service that simply requires them to cut off the top part of the tree’s crown, are not giving the tree its best chance for a long, healthy life. Plus, it is an unattractive and unnatural shape for a tree to have the top portion cut off straight.