Why Raising and Lifting a Tree Canopy is Important (and Why We Include it in Our Landscape Management Routine)

You’ve heard of tree pruning before, right? As a commercial property owner, a residential home owner, or even if you’ve rented property with trees, you know that the limbs, canopies, and branches don’t spruce up themselves – they require special work from companies like us to ensure that the tree is kept healthy, efficient, and safe.

Tree crown lifting, or tree crown raising, is simply a method of tree pruning, and at Landcrafters, we ensure that raising and lifting tree canopies on all of our properties is part of our landscape management plan.

If you’re not super familiar with tree pruning, you might be wondering why we work this type of landscaping into our daily plans, why it matters so much, and why we pay such special attention to it. Truthfully, there are a lot of different reasons we do this, but much of them boil down to this: we live in Florida. Keeping our canopies raised keeps our property, possessions, and people we care about safe! Not to mention, it helps keep our trees healthier and better looking.

We’ll dive deep into this type of tree pruning, why we do it, and how it can best benefit your property. Read on for more information!

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What is Tree Canopy Lifting, Anyway?

First, lets break down the technicalities a bit to get a better idea of what lifting a tree canopy really means. As we said before, tree canopy lifting is a type of tree pruning that landscaping companies (and property owners) practice in order to protect their trees, property, and possessions. But what exactly does this mean?

Raising or lifting the canopy of your trees needs to occur when large, low branches start reaching down from the tops of your trees – in other words, when your canopies start to droop or sag toward the ground, raising the canopy can help to remedy this situation. Raising the canopy simply means using tools to shorten the low branches regularly to help suppress their growth. This type of landscaping work should be done of young and medium-aged trees in order to get a jump on stunting their growth.

What Difference Does It Make (and how do you do it?)

Now that you know what tree canopy lifting is, you might be wondering something like, ‘well, sure, it shortens the branches, but why does that matter? In some cases, we agree with you. Consider your favorite park. Does it have shady trees with long, low branches that cool you down on those hot, Florida summer days? Probably so! But in urban areas, low hanging, droopy, sagging tree branches can mean trouble for people, property, and possessions.

Not only does this look less than desirable in lot of urban scenarios, it can obstruct vision, could possibly interfere with pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and can even be an incredibly dangerous hazard during the dreaded Florida hurricane season.

But why is this?

When hurricane force winds, rain, and weather start to roll in, those droopy, saggy, and overall much weaker, tree limbs are going to be far more susceptible to snapping, breaking, and falling off, making it that much more dangerous for your property.

Now that you understand why canopy lifting is important, you might be wondering how it’s done in the first place. At Landcrafters, we like to include this in our regularly schedule maintenance for many properties (so if you’re with us, we’ve got you covered)! But, if you’re still interested in the process, we can break it down a bit for you.

To lift the canopy of your trees, we suggest proactively working with young and medium-aged trees. Begin cutting and shortening their branches in order to stunt their growth and keep them from getting larger in their diameter. This will force more growth into the upper branches. By doing this (keeping your lower branches small), you’ll increase the value of the lower trunk if you should ever cut into it for lumber. As an added bonus, it makes the tree itself look taller because you’re removing the branches that are found at the lower base of the tree.

And who knows, with less branches, the trunk will likely get greater light indication, allowing for better, faster growth!

Why We Include Tree Canopy Raising in our Landscape Management Plans

Sounds simple enough, right? Though a relatively uncomplicated process, canopy lifting (or canopy raising), is incredibly important to many of the urban and commercial properties we care for. We choose to make this a part of our landscape management because we like to start the process early on and proactively with younger trees, then routinely keep up with this process in order to train the trees to stunt their growth.

Landcrafters chooses to make crown lifting a part of our landscape management for many reasons, but one of the biggest is because it helps your property look good. Commercial (and residential) properties with sagging, droopy limbs often look unkempt, and at Landcrafters, that’s the last thing we want said about our clients’ properties. Lifting the tree canopy also allows for healthier and faster growth for your trees because more light is able to pass under the tree.

We choose to ensure that this is part of our landscape management for more than just appearance, though. It’s also for safety purposes. Ensuring we check on this every time we work on your property allows us to monitor the safety and access to footpaths and roads for pedestrians and vehicles, and it keeps the branches out of the way of obstructing vision, buildings, driveways, and more. It’s also a vital practice to implement right before hurricane season, because, as we said, those large, droopy, weak limbs are the most likely pieces to splinter, break, or fall off the tree during high winds and bad weather.

Did you enjoy our tree canopy discussion? As we covered, talking about, understanding, and taking action on our trees in Florida is of incredible importance (especially come Hurricane Season). Are you ready to take the step toward raising and lifting your tree canopies? We hope so! If you want more information, want to chat about landscape, or simply want to discuss quotes, give our office a call at (727)-201-3947For more Landcrafters advice, tips and tricks, and inspiration, check out our Landcrafters blog. Rifle through our posts, get a better idea of what we’re all about, and let our Florida landscape love engulf you!