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  • Writer's pictureShelby Pietersen

What to do when your tree becomes too big

Trees are a valuable addition to any property, providing shade, beauty, and wildlife habitat. However, when a tree becomes too big, it can become a liability rather than an asset.

DISCLAIMER: If you are planning to build or plant trees on your property, please deeply consider the future size of the tree and plan accordingly. It is never pleasant to remove a beautiful tree due to ill-planning.

In this blog post, we'll explore the various options you have when your tree has become too big, including consulting a tree professional, reducing the biomass of the tree, and re-using the tree.

Consulting a Tree Professional:

First and foremost, it is important to consult a tree professional when you have a tree that has become too big. They will be able to assess the tree's condition and advise on the best course of action. This is particularly important if the tree is in a public area or near power lines, as it may pose a safety hazard.

Reducing the Biomass of the Tree:

Here are several ways you can reduce the biomass of a tree:

  • Crown Reduction:

Crown reduction involves reducing the size of the tree's crown (the top of the tree) to make it smaller and more manageable. This is often used when a tree has become too tall or when it is blocking sunlight from reaching other areas of the property. When done correctly, crown reductions can stimulate the lateral growth of the tree.

  • Topping:

This involves cutting the top of the tree off, leaving a flat top. This method is not

recommended as it can damage the tree and leave it more susceptible to disease and


  • Deadwooding:

This involves removing dead or diseased branches from the tree. This can help to reduce the tree's biomass and make it safer. Deadwooding also allows light to permeate the canopy of the tree.

  • Removal:

If the removal of the tree is required, it is important to get professional advice on different

removal methods. Trees can be removed by cutting them down, lifting them out with a

crane, or dismantling them piece by piece. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages and a tree professional will be able to advise on the best method for your


Re-using Your Tree:

If you decide to remove your tree, there are several ways to reuse it. Some options include:

  • Chipping: This involves using a wood chipper to turn the tree into wood chips. These can then be used as mulch in gardens or as fuel for boilers.​

  • Firewood: This is an option for wood that burns well and is non-toxic. The tree can be cut into firewood size stumps which can then be split and used as firewood for heating.

  • Timber Milling: If the tree has valuable wood it can be taken to a mill and turned into lumber for use in building or furniture making.

When your tree has become too big, there are several options available to you. Consulting a

tree professional should be your first priority, as they will be able to advise on the best course of action. Other options include reducing the biomass of the tree, removing, and re-using the tree.

With a little bit of planning and some expert advice, you can keep your property and your trees healthy and safe for years to come.

If you have a big tree that needs work, contact Overberg Arborists today for your free online consultation.



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