Don't Top Your Trees!
Don’t Top Your Trees!
“Tree Topping” is the practice of severely pruning all of the limbs of a tree down to stubs, removing most, to all, of the leaf crop and all of the primary growth regions. This procedure can be inexpensive initially, but costs much more in the years after it is done. Topping is also called “heading,” “tipping,” “hat-racking,” and “rounding over.”
Tree Topping Myths
Myth #2: Topping invigorates a tree.
Myth#3: Topping a tree keeps it from getting too big.
Alternatives to Topping
Check to see if your tree care professionals are members of a the International Society of Arboriculture. The ISA conducts extensive courses and certifies those who pass an industry-based exam.
Never let anyone talk you into topping your tree it will cost you in the long run.