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Height Reduction Tree Crowning Service

Beautifully reducing tree volume in Orange County and LA since 1985.

Tree Height Reduction, or tree crowning, or drop crotching, is a proportional reduction in the percentage of the total tree height and the complete crown width. The ability to thin and trim a tree proportionally has a lot to do with its height and time of the season. Our tree services also include tree trimming and tree shaping.

Some of the benefits of this procedure include
helping to remove excess weight from the tree limbs, maintain the tree’s natural shape, and promote new, and healthy growth.

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Tree Crown Reduction vs Tree Topping?

Sometimes trees get too tall or too wide. Other times they get in the way of other buildings or electrical cables, which can lead to visual impairments and safety hazards. Here’s how to distinguish the two, and how to decide what you need. 

Tree crown reduction

Tree crown reduction is the best and healthiest way to reduce the height of your trees. It involves trimming away of the upper foliage of the tree as well as select branches. This helps to reduce the stress on the tree, helps maintain its original shape, and promote healthy growth in the future. Our crews meticulously cut the upper tree branches to reduce the height of the tree to the next lateral growth. 

Tree topping

Tree topping is a very harmful way to cut your trees and widely done by inexperienced and unprofessional tree trimmers. This method consists of cutting large tree branches from the tree and leaving only stumps on the tree. Tree topping should only be done if you are planning to remove the tree. 

Not only does tree topping look aesthetically displeasing, this process comes with its share of potential risks. This dangerous practice causes weakly attached sprouts to grow from the point the cut was made. The tree will quickly grow back to the size it was before it was topped, but it will be more difficult to prune. This is because the crown is denser than it was before. Long story short, avoid the “pros” that encourage tree topping.

In some cities, topping trees is illegal. Make sure to be in accordance with local laws if attempting to top a tree, again recommended only when you plan to remove it.

Tree Crown Reduction Before and After Diagram
side by side diagram of topped tree next to tree with growth after topping

Reduction of Canopy Volume

Canopy Volume is quoted as a percentage of the total outermost canopy
within the small branch and twig area. The process of reducing the volume
helps to maintain the overall shape of the tree and provides a more appealing aesthetic. You want to ensure that the canopy is properly sized to the proportion of the rest of the tree to ensure overall health.

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Progressive Crown Reduction, Thinning, and Crown Lifting. What Are They?

Progressive crown reduction and thinning are adopted when the tree does not have sufficient energy stored to withstand a large reduction. Undertaking the reduction in several stages allows the tree to recover and send out new shoots below the first cut, enabling the second cut or target cut to have growth already in place for the final cut to help recovery. 

Crown Lifting is the removal of all branches from the trunk up to an agreed height. This
is a technique that lessens the weight of the foliage and allows the branches the ability to naturally rise up.

What is Tree Overhang Removal?

Overhang removal is the reduction of excessive ‘reach’ of branches while keeping the
silhouette of the tree in balance. This allows for more airflow to be distributed
throughout the tree and it helps to bring in more light. Overhang removal usually
requires boom trucks, safety equipment and can be challenging for a non-professional.
The number one injury in tree trimming is falling, so trying to go forth with this method
on your own significantly increases your risk of an accident. We strongly recommend
leaving this job to the professionals.

side by side before and after photos of tree reduction service

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Knowledgeable & Professional Crew is Here to Help

Supreme Tree Experts has the experience, training, and equipment to reduce the height of your tree in a safe manner. We have unique industry methods when it comes to trimming and shaping your tree. 

Benefits of working with us:

  • 35+ years of experience
  • Fully licensed & insured
  • The best equipment in the industry
  • Best arborists in Southern California 
  • Workmanship guarantee
  • Free estimates
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Competitive rates
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Tree Crowning Height Reduction Service FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions on Tree Height Reduction Service

How much does tree reduction cost?

A general price range would be from about $250 to $1,000, depending on your specific needs.

Factors such as the height of the tree and its overall health can affect the total price. But the best way to find out the cost is to request your free estimate.

What is tree crown reduction?

Tree crown reduction involves the trimming away of the upper foliage of the tree as well as select branches. This process is to reduce the spread and height of the tree’s crown. Crown reduction is a preferred method for tree height reduction.


Can you stop a tree from growing taller?


Unlike other organisms that stop growing when mature, trees continue growing. In fact, they grow faster when old. All we can do is limit its height. For example, if you want to make your tree 8 ft shorter, we could reduce the height of your tree by 2ft each year.

Contact your professionals at Supreme Tree Experts for an inspection and recommendations on how you should keep your tree maintained.

Why Supreme Tree Experts is #1 for Tree Height Reduction?

Our entire staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Our goal is to take care of your tree services needs in a quick and stress-free manner. To provide you with the best tree service around, we have:

  • Professional and experienced crew members
  • Plenty of available manpower for speedy service
  • Fully-equipped trucks
  • State of the Art tools for precise
  • Local dispatch for faster service all over Southern California

We have helped many residents of Santa Ana with their tree service needs, so let us help you too! Get in touch with the experts today for a free estimate.

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