Tree topping is when you cut the top of the tree off, which reduces the tree’s
remaining top branches to stumps. When topping a tree its left being weak, unstable
limbs and a bare unnatural appearance. It is also much more likely to break along
with it being a potential risk hazard.
What happens when you top a tree?
It is very important that if you are looking to have the tree shaped up and continue to
keep it healthy, you have healthy pruning practices performed.
- You remove a lot of leaves, which decreases the tree’s ability to photosynthesize
and produce food.
- The wounds from the remaining shortened limbs become easy entry points for insects and pathogens.
- Trees respond to topping by quickly growing new limbs that are often too weak to handle storms.
In the long-run, topping a tree can prove to be a costly mistake. The tree will either need extra care to stay alive or will eventually need to be removed.