Crown thinning is the selective removal of branches throughout a canopy. There are many benefits to thinning the canopy of most broadleaf trees, including increased light and air penetration as well as reduced wind resistance. An important piece of advice to Tampa Bay residents would be that interior growth is vital to a tree, so any thinning should be done selectively and also never repeated annually. We like to recommend clients call us whenever they like for a review of their trees (we’re always happy to talk trees!) but they should really be looking at 3-5 years before repeating any crown thinning.