Is tree topping a good idea for your trees? Well, it depends. It can be beneficial for some trees, but not all of them. The reality is that it can be quite beneficial in most cases, but it takes knowledge about trees to make that call. That is the main reason why it is important to consult an experienced arborist before undertaking a tree topping project.
One of the worst reasons to do tree topping is out of a desire to reduce the tree’s size. It is only a temporary solution, as the tree will regrow and could end up even larger than it was. Most people do not feel that the tree looks nearly as appealing after this process, either, as it has an unnatural look about it. What is even worse is that the new growth is often not as strong, so there is more likelihood of the tree experiencing storm damage.
There are some good reasons for tree topping that an arborist can determine– for example, if the tree has become very top-heavy and the root system is not strong enough to handle continual swaying. Without tree topping, the entire tree could be knocked down in a storm. In this situation, an arborist will selectively remove some of the weight to give the tree a fighting chance. Another good reason for tree topping is to remove any dead limbs at the top of the tree.
If you suspect you have trees that could benefit from tree topping, reach out to us at TarHeel Residential Tree Service, LLC. We have been providing quality tree services since 1982 and can provide you the accurate advice of a professional arborist. Reach out today to schedule an appointment.