TOP 5 REASONS NOT TO TOP YOUR TREES
1. Topping stresses trees
When topping a tree, 50 -100% of the leaf-bearing crown is removed. However; based on industry recommendations, no more than 25% of the
leaf-bearing crown should be removed. Since leaves produce food for the tree, removing 50 - 100% of those " food factories " can cause the tree to starve.
2. Topping can lead to sunburn, insects, disease, and decay
Leaves absorb the sunlight. When a high percentage of leaf -bearing branches are removed, the tree is exposed to high levels of light and heat. This may lead to the tree's tissues, under the bark, to burn. Possible outcomes may be cankers, bark splitting and once alive branches to die. The location and size of cuts to the tree can cause the tree to become highly vulnerable to insects, disease and decay. The tree is in a high stress state and lacks the energy to fight off these "invaders ".
3. Topping tress creates weak and hazardous limbs
New shoots grow off the limbs that were topped. They grow very quickly and are attached to the outer layer of the limb rather than to the interior layer. As a result, these limbs are extremely weak and prone to breaking.
4. Topping trees have a high hidden cost
You may get a low price on topping but if your tree survives it can require
reduction in those fast growing shoots quicker than you planned. All those shoots are also potential storm hazards. If the wind is blowing...watch out!
5. Topping causes trees to be an ugly sight
Topping your trees leaves unsightly stubs and destroys the natural form of the tree. What is a tree without a leaf-bearing crown? A trunk. Ever driven by a house and said, " Look at the beautiful Silver Maple trunk! "