To Top or Not to Top? That Is the Question

To begin, the practice of tree topping is when the top of the tree and the branches on it are cut off to make the tree’s height more manageable.

Whether you knew it or not, tree topping is a controversial topic.

In the 1970s and 1980s, it was common to top trees. In the 1990s to the 2000s, there was a movement that focused on preservation of trees that discouraged tree topping.

Now, you’re probably wondering why it matters whether or not tree topping is practiced. The reason why it matters is if a tree has been topped in the past, that puts it at a high risk of splitting and falling. Once a tree is topped, it can continue growing into two or more tree tops at the point where it was topped and later it is likely to split when any one of these new tops becomes too heavy.

Because of this risk, we don’t encourage topping a tree that has never been topped before. However, if you have a tree that has been topped before, it is likely to pose a danger to your property. We recommend that you have us retop the tree or completely remove it before one or more tree tops splits and drops.

If you were considering topping a tree on your property because its height has become unmanageable, we ask that you reconsider and think about the possibility of having us use the method of wind sailing instead. wind sailing is an alternative method to topping that includes the thinning of the branches in a specific manner, resulting in a much safer tree.

To learn more about tree topping and wind sailing, go to [link href=”https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-458/430-458.html” external=”true”].

If you’re ready for us to care for a tree that has been topped before or a tree that needs work done other than topping, [call-link text=”give us a call at %number%”] or [post-link slug=”contact” post_type=”page”]complete our free quote form.[/post-link]