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Homeowners that closely tend their landscapes will always ensure their trees and plants have plenty of space to grow and take root, but there are often times when you’ll notice one or more of your trees over-growing. Signs of overgrowth include a large and messy crown, cracks formed in the sidewalk near your home, or issues arising in your drainage system due to tree roots affecting sewer or water pipes in your home. 

The issues caused by overgrown trees may require a team of experts to handle, like our experts  at Timber Works Tree Care. Our craftsmen regularly perform quality local tree care services throughout Northern VA, including tree removal, stump grinding, land clearing, and more. We have devoted over fifteen years as part of the tree care industry by promoting and maintaining proper arboricultural practices. 

Here’s what we recommend you should do with overgrown trees: 

Trim All Over

Particularly during the spring or summer, evenly trim down the branches of your trees. While this can be applied generally, it should be done specifically for smaller trees, such as evergreens, as an unkempt appearance to their limbs will make your landscape look less tidy and spacious. 

Thin the Crown

The crown of a tree is the top part made up of the branches that grow out of the trunk. When the branches grow out too long and too densely, they take up more space and can lead to overgrowth. Thinning the crown of your tree on a regular basis will ensure that it grows to be just the right size and that dead or infested branches are removed. 

Lift the Crown

Next to thinning the crown of your tree, lifting the bottom of the crown is another way to deal with your overgrown trees. This process involves removing the bottom-most branches until the lower end of the crown are high enough to allow for easy access to the ground surrounding the tree. By doing this, you’ll be able to enjoy the shade and mow the surrounding grass more easily. 


Another way to address having an outgrown tree is pollarding, a type of tree pruning that involves cutting off most of the top branches of a tree, which then allows for a dense head of new branches to take their place. This can be done to maintain tree limbs’ growth up to a certain height, therefore limiting its growth within a given landscape. To maintain size and appearance, pollard your branches every two years. 

Removal & Replacement

Finally, if one or more of the trees within your landscape is causing issues within your home’s infrastructure, such as roots that have cracked your home’s sewer line or walkway, the best thing to do is to remove the overgrown tree and replace it with a newer, smaller one. 

Of course, removing a tree that is in a sensitive position on your property requires an experienced crew with the skill to safely pull it from the ground without further affecting your home. 

Timber Works Tree Care: Expert Local Tree Care Northern VA

Overgrown trees can make your property appear unkempt and somewhat disheveled. By performing some basic tree care, such as the many forms of pruning, as well as simply removing a problematic tree from your yard, you can ensure your landscape looks amazing and your home’s infrastructure remains safe from overgrown roots. 

At Timber Works, we provide the best local tree care services in Northern VA, with a thorough focus on utilizing tools and techniques that ensure your home remains safe and intact, while any and all trees you want to be removed are done so quickly and efficiently. 

Our nearly a decade of service includes experience in stump grinding, tree removal, land clearing, and more. Contact us at (540) 254-5773 for more information about our services and receive a free consultation. 

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