Thinning of the tree canopy by cutting out small, weakly attached branches and by selectively removing certain branches to create gaps in the canopy is an excellent method of increasing light penetration and air flow, and subsequently reducing the wind load and relieving the weight of large heavy limbs. Additional benefits also include a reduction in leaf litter and often can significantly improve the view since the client can now see through the tree.
This is a time consuming process but it is a very popular technique since it can often improves the health of the tree, maintaining its natural shape and structure, whilst also providing the clients needs. Once again this technique needs to be carried out by a skilled practitioner to ensure that enough lateral branches are left to prevent detrimental effects such as excessive epicormic shoots or weakened branch structure.
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