We frequently get calls from people requesting an estimate to “top” their trees. “My tree was planted too close to the house.” “The tree has grown too tall and creates too much shade for my grass to grow.” We have heard it all. No matter what your reason for considering topping a tree, we will absolutely NOT top your tree (and neither should you)!
Some people get downright angry when we tell them we do not want their business if they ask us to top their trees; but, why would we want to cost you more money in the long run? It simply is not an economical or rational option for trees. Let us tell you why…
First, when you top a tree you are essentially mutilating it. Cutting off large limbs indiscriminately leaves your tree looking disfigured and ugly.
Second, you are left with a tree that is now in distress — it has little to no leaves to nourish itself, protect itself from the sun, and it has open wounds that leave it vulnerable to attacks by pests & disease and decay.
Third, your distressed tree goes into survival mode and starts to grow multiple sprouts/shoots. These turn into weak little branches that will have to be A) pruned more often and B) will break off more easily (translation: it becomes more messy). Did we mention how ugly they are?
Finally, if any company tells you that topping is the best option for your trees (no matter what the reasoning they give), turn around and run. While some “tree guys” still think it is an acceptable practice, they are wrong and clearly not educating themselves on the 25+ years of literature explaining its harmful effects. Sadly, sometimes trees outgrow their space and the best option is to remove them and replace them.
For more information about properly maintaining your trees, please visit: Trees Are Good – Pruning Your Trees or consult a local arborist to help you figure out the best approach for your trees!
Here are some great examples of tree topping disasters that we have seen in our area: