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It is our practice not to ‘Top’ trees.  We instead reduce a trees canopy by Drop Crotch Pruning (i.e. cutting leader back to a lateral) to maintain natural growth patterns. 
      

  1. Original Tree
    Original Tree
  2. Tree pruned correctly
    Tree pruned correctly
  3. Tree pruned correctly with new growth
    Tree pruned correctly with new growth
  4. A Topped Tree
    A Topped Tree
  5. Topped Tree with new growth
    Topped Tree with new growth
Correcting a Topped Tree

Topping destroys a tree's appearance, structure, and health.  Often trees are topped to reduce the size, but as a result the tree is stressed and produces a different type of growth which allows the tree to reach its previous size in a matter of a few years, but this growth is weak, unnatural, and a huge threat.  After a tree has been topped the wood begins to rot, the new growth sprouts from everywhere growing straight for the sky.  This creates a very bushy unhealthy structure, which needs a tremendous amount of attention and maintenance.
 
Instead a tree can be reduced in size by drop crotch pruning - A method that leaves the tree with a natural and appealing growth pattern and a healthy structure that will encourage slow and select growth.  This gives the property owner the desired outcome while maintaining the health and beauty of the tree.
    
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Don't Top Trees!
Why Topping Hurts Trees