Weight reduction is a technique that removes thin and unstable branches from a tree in order to decrease its density. This may be necessary if some of the smaller branches are becoming brittle and snapping easily, or if the canopy is overshadowing some of the smaller plants which don’t receive enough light to grow. However, this process thins out the canopy and therefore increases the amount of light that is able to pass through the tree and towards the undergrowth, supplying these other plants with enough energy for survival.
A tree with less density also minimises the effect of heavy winds. As there are a greater amount of gaps after reducing its weight, the air can pass through easily and not put as much strain on the tree. It’s not only the gaps that help keep the tree upright. Shorter branches mean that the gravity of the tree is focused more on trunk. As the trunk is the largest section of the tree, this will help to maintain stability in extreme wind conditions. These benefits are important in keeping a healthy and safe environment for all plants.
It’s advised that, when a tree requires weight reduction, a specialist should be hired as they will have the correct equipment and be practiced in the safety precautions. If you’re unsure of whether the state of your trees need thinning, it’s best to contact an expert who can assess the situation instead of leaving it or fixing it yourself. Tree handling can be very dangerous – a large tree will require branches to be cut from precarious positions and doing so manually may cause injury. Nelson’s Tree Services are skilled in this technique and are able to provide our expertise to the areas of Horsham and Wimmera.
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