Lifting the crown on a tree entails removing its lower branches, which will let in more light, keep unwanted branches away from buildings and offer more space to its surroundings. This must be done sympathetically and skillfully as the tree can easily be terminally damaged by opening up too many wounds in one hit.
Ideally, smaller branches should be left on the lower part of the tree for a season, this will slow down epicormic growth “epi” (whereby an injured tree will throw out lots of buds and shoots to compensate for the loss of foliage, which it needs in order to photosynthesise and feed itself).
Species such as Lime, Elm, Ash and Willow are notoriously prolific in epi growth but absent in conifers.
Like us humans, trees suffer from sunburn (sunscald) too and a newly exposed trunk is highly susceptible to its bark cracking and splitting – which in turn, opens it up to infections. By leaving smaller branches intact for one additional season, after the lift, this will greatly benefit the health of your tree.
Along with lifting of the crown, the remaining branches should also be carefully trimmed back as this will reduce the weight-bear on the trunk and allow the tree to naturally rebalance itself over time.
Our qualified tree surgeons will expertly lift the crown, ensuring your tree is worked on sympathetically.
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As part of our initial visit to assess the crown lifting we will discuss with you:
Once we have carried out our checks with your local authority and know the protection status of your tree(s), we will then prepare you a written quote, which will detail the work as agreed.