Why We Don’t Top Trees

Why We Don’t Top Trees

Some homeowners have the common misconception that trees become more hazardous as they grow taller. The biggest concern is that the tree will fall over in high wind as it continues to gain height. However a tree with a healthy root system that has been properly pruned is much safer than one that has been topped. Below are the main bullet points of why topping harms trees.

  • Shock. By removing large portions of the upper canopy bark and foliage are directly exposed to sunlight. This can cause sun scald to parts of the tree that are usually in shade out of reach of direct sunlight.
  • Starvation. Removing too much of the canopy can actually cause the tree to starve as the tree will not have enough foliage to produce food to sustain the health of the plant.
  • Insects and Disease. The exposed ends of topped limbs are highly vulnerable to insect invasion or fungi spores that can cause decay.
  • Weak Limbs. New branches that grow from a stubbed limb are weakly attached and more liable to break from snow or ice weight.
  • Accelerated Growth. Instead of controlling the height and spread of the tree, topping has the opposite effect. New branches are more numerous and often grow higher than before. This can lead to large limbs failing in high wind or severe weather.
  • Death. Some trees will not recover from the stress of topping. They will start to decline until the tree ends up to be a costly removal.
  • Appearance. A topped tree will looked disfigured. It will never regain the grace and character of its species.

Consult one of our Certified Arborists today to come up with a practical plan to manage the mature trees on your property. It will not only save you money it could prevent the loss of your living assets.

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