Tree topping is a tree pruning practice that has gone on for years and homeowners still aren't fully aware of how damaging it truly is. We at Orange County Tree Service not only understand what the damaging process is we can help you by offering alternatives and educating you about what tree topping is and why you should never do it.
What is Tree Topping? : Most of the time this tree topping method is a service that people call about because the tree or trees they have are too tall, hanging into a neighboring yard or actually touching power lines. This is only a few reasons why. What happens next is a crew comes by and actually lops off every limb of the poor tree and leaving it an ugly humiliated tree standing there with limbs cut off in straight lines and bald. To be perfectly frank--it's a hot mess. But it's not the homeowners fault--it's the tree service or lawn guy that doesn't know or doesn't care about what they are doing and just comes in and does it. The worst part is--it does more harm than good in so many ways. It's an expensive way to trim a tree and it doesn't solve the issue of keeping the tree's height in check!
What? So what happens next? Well, this actually triggers a survival mechanism which will make the leaf bearing branches at the crown--you know--the ones they just topped off--and it grows back thicker and bushier than ever. So, what does this do to the tree? It starts to shade tender bark areas that need the sun and you start to get dead wood. What does it do to you pocket? It will most certainly cost you more because now you really have to prune it more.
The Immune System Also Suffers: When the tree is topped it no longer has the green leaves that absorb nutrients from the sun and atmosphere. So, what ends up happening is the tree loses it's immune system and is susceptible to disease and the branches will weaken.
Alternatives to Tree Topping: You can do a number of things to solve your problem and also preserve the health of the tree. You can do canopy reduction and make sure depending on the tree's health you cut no more than 25% of the tree's foliage. This helps the issues and maintains the health of the tree.
Tree Limbing or Limbing Up: A certified Arborist like ours at Orange County Tree Service can certainly cut the lower branches of the tree that give it less energy to open a view for you if this is your issue. This takes nothing away from the tree and in fact contributes to making the tree stronger. It is the process of taking the lower limbs off and working upwards in the specific way you would for that tree species.
Interlimbing: This is a way of taking some smaller branches away and leaving some so that you have a view but--you are looking through a thin veil of greenery through the veil. This is a sexy and romantic look.
Windowing: The windowing method is the method for people that want a view but to leave as much foliage as possible. The tree will have a few limbs taken away and others stay to form a sort of window to look through. This is nice to look a nice vista of land or water or even a great field of flowers.
You don't have to know all the details of what the alternatives to tree topping is. It's a process and we at Orange County Best Tree Service know everything there is to know about tree topping and its alternatives. We would never suggest that tree topping is a good idea. We would sit with you after assessing your tree situation and make sure you have the knowledge in the way you can understand. We suggest what's right for the kind of trees you have on your property and how we can solve your problem and save the trees you also love.