Limbing and Raising provides clearance for walkways and buildings by removing specific branches to create a safe view or design. Removing the lower branches can also be called “Limbing Up” or “Crown Raising,” is done for our convenience not the health of the tree.
Municipalities and homeowners often remove the lower limbs for pedestrian and vehicular clearance or to let the sun shine in for grass to grow. Mature trees, especially evergreens, benefit when healthy lower branches are left intact.
Removing large limbs can increase the risk of decay. And over pruning removes many of the energy producing needles and leaves. This can greatly stress and negatively impact the health and vigor of the tree.