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Tree pruning terms

Crown Cleaning

Removal of dead, dying, diseased, weakly attached, broken, and low-vigor branches in the crown of the tree.

Crown Thinning

Selective removal of live branches mainly at the ends, or outer canopy, that are crossing or duplicating to increase light penetration and air movement throughout the tree. Crown thinning also reduces the wind-sail effect and the weight of heavy limbs. Mature trees should have no more than one-third of live foliage removed when thinned.

Crown Raising

Selectively pruning of the lowest branches of a tree’s canopy in order to provide clearance of buildings, vehicles, streets, sidewalks, and roofs.

Crown Reduction

Reduction of the height and/or spread of a tree’s canopy. Drop-crotch and thinning cuts are the most effective in maintaining the structural integrity and the natural form of a tree. Crown reduction cuts (drop crotch cuts) remove the terminal portion of a branch to a smaller diameter lateral branch.

Ornamental Specimen / Detail Pruning

Thinning, dead-wooding, layering, and detail pruning to selected ornamental trees or shrubs with a high value and visibility in a landscape. This process enhances the natural branch structure and the aesthetic beauty of the plant or tree.

Hedge Pruning / Shearing

Reduction of the height and width of hedges and plants by using hand or power shears. The specific amount of height and width reduction will be indicated.

Fruit Tree Pruning

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Crown thinning with emphasis on removing dead wood and thinning of water sprouts; to promote optimum fruit production, and give space and strength to fruit bearing branches.