Tree topping is historically a common method of controlling a tree’s size. In more recent years, bucket trucks and lifts have allowed us to prune/trim trees in a way that makes the tree stronger and healthier while also in line with professional standards.
• Reduces food-making capacity, stresses the tree.
• Stimulates undesirable “water sprout” growth. The water sprouts are weakly attached and break off more easily than normal growth.
• Leaves large wounds and accelerates decay.
• Disfigures trees.
• Is expensive compared to removal.
• Makes tree susceptible to Sunscald
Instead of topping…
• Only remove offending leaders
• Remove low limbs and limbs near the “house” or other protected structure.
• Consider removing the tree and planting a new one.