Crown reductions usually involve a general reduction in the overall shape of the tree canopy. However, the final shape is dictated to some extent by the existing structure of the tree in question.
Crown reductions are carried out where:
Trees obstruct buildings or other property
The tree branches of the tree are dangerous
For aesthetic reasons
Crown lifting involves the pruning of a trees lower branches to increase the clearance between the ground and the lowest retained branches. The extent of this lifting needs careful consideration to achieve a balance between the client's requirements and the long term health of the tree.
In order to leave a tree well balanced, both in appearance and stress distribution the crown should be lifted equally all around.
Crown lifting is usually carried out to:
Remove the temptation for a tree to be climbed.