SHOULD YOU TOP YOUR TREE?

No! Tree topping is known by educated arborists as bad practice and in almost every case should be avoided. However, if your tree or trees post a hazard to life or property and are in great decline and the homeowner has the intent to eventually remove the tree then this is one of the very few instances we would ever recommend tree topping. If your tree or trees are healthy and you are looking to trim your tree for tree health then topping should almost never be an option. Tree topping in most cases eventually leads to tree decay and can pose significant problems within the tree which can lead to eventual tree removal. Another problem with tree topping is what arborist sometimes refer to as the “witches broom effect”. A witches broom effect is where the tree sprouts out several new branches at the end of a heading cut. This is problematic because when you have multiple branches growing all in the same area the tree ends up with multiple areas of included bark. Included bark is another problematic area in trees we see often. Included bark is where two or more branches or leaders are joined together without a branch collar. The area of included bark is prone decay from water, dirt and debris build up. Water seeps down into the area of the included bark allowing decay to set in within the tree. Couple the potentially large branches or leaders that have decay in the areas of the included bark with ice, snow or heavy winds and you could potentially have a serious hazard. So when we get asked if we top trees the answer is almost always a no and to avoid tree topping at all cost unless the tree poses a threat to life or property. To conclude, ensure you try and avoid tree services that want to top your tree and look for a TULSA TREE SERVICE that specializes in proper tree care and look for ISA Certified Arborists in Tulsa.