What Does “Crown Lift a Tree” Mean?

Many of our customers are interested to learn more about the arboricultural procedures that we perform on a daily basis and one of the questions we hear quite regularly is “What does crown lift a tree mean?” If you have always wondered what this term means and how this particular tree surgery procedure is carried out, today’s blog post will tell you everything you need to know.

A Simple Answer to the Question: “What Does Crown Lift a Tree Mean?”

If you are responsible for the upkeep of land with trees on it, you have almost certainly heard the term ‘crown lifting’ before but perhaps you are not entirely sure what it means. Whilst it is a commonly performed arboricultural procedure, the terminology does sound a little confusing as there is no way to literally lift the crown of a tree. However, we call it crown lifting because after the procedure has been completed, it looks very much like the crown of the tree is higher than it was before.

The crown lifting procedure involves the removal of lower branches on a tree that are either interfering with activities beneath the tree or posing a safety risk to persons or property in the vicinity. Once these lower branches have been removed, the crown of the tree looks higher than it did before, owing to the greater height of the bare trunk below.

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Can Anyone Perform Crown Lifting?

Unless you are a fully qualified and experienced tree surgeon, we would strongly advise against trying to perform this procedure yourself. In the event that any of your trees are in need of a crown lift, we suggest contacting your local arboricultural specialists and asking them to provide you with a competitive quotation for the required work.

Examples of Trees That May Need a Crown Lifting

There are many specific reasons for performing a crown lifting procedure on a tree, including the following:

  • Trees With Branches Overhanging a Public Footpath or Bridleway – Trees with low branches that overhang public footpaths and bridleways often cause problems for local councils and landowners. However, a competent tree surgeon can easily resolve these issues by performing crown lifting on the offending specimens.
  • Trees Growing Close to Buildings – If trees are growing next to residential or commercial properties and their branches are in contact with the buildings in question, one solution is to remove the trees completely. However, a more environmentally friendly way to resolve the problems that such trees cause is to lift their crowns, i.e. remove the lower branches to provide more space between the trees and the buildings.
  • Trees Overlooking Children’s Play Areas – Trees with branches that overhang children’s play areas can be particularly troubling but by removing the branches in question it is often possible to retain a pleasant natural environment for the children whilst ensuring their safety.
  • Trees Obstructing Maintenance Personnel in Parks and Gardens – If a tree’s branches are stopping grounds maintenance personnel from mowing the grass beneath them or performing other maintenance tasks, the easiest solution is normally crown lifting.
  • Trees in Any Area With Unstable Branches – Trees with unstable branches in any area are common candidates for crown lifting, especially specimens growing in close proximity to homes, schools and commercial properties.

If you’re in North East Scotland and you have a tree that may need a crown lifting procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email. As a team of fully qualified and highly experienced tree surgeons, we can perform crown lifting on all types of trees in this part of the country.

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