Dead Wooding and Thinning

Thinning of the trees crown is the removal of selective branches to help reduce the density of the foliage and relieve the stress load through the tree.

How much and which branches you remove is important as you should not remove any more than 30% of the foliage over a 1 year period. Thinning can be done as part of a reduction or you may consider a thin when you want the same natural height and spread/shape of the tree, but would like more light and less wind resistance.