Crown Restoration

Crown Restoration refers to the practice of reshaping to a more natural form a tree that has been storm damaged, vandalized, or improperly pruned. Trees that have been previously “topped”—such as large Douglas firs—may have multiple branches crowded into the upper canopy, each growing outward and upward in an attempt to assert itself as the new apex. Such overcrowded tops require restoration pruning to establish a central leader (or leaders) and eliminate excessive growth that can result in even greater failure later.