Why Tree Topping is a Bad Idea

Why Tree Topping is a Bad Idea

Tree Topping There’s something happening lately that baffles professional tree companies… and that’s the practice of “tree topping.” It’s a damaging tree pruning practice that’s “no bueno.” Yet some companies think it’s fine. They **think** cutting off the tops of trees will help stimulate tree growth, while also managing the size of the tree. While it may be a cheap and quick pruning method, is it good for a tree? At Big Foot Tree Service we would say “NO!”

What is Tree Topping?

What exactly is tree topping? It’s the removal of the whole top of a tree or cutting its main branches off, leaving behind stubs. Other terms for this practice include heading, dehorning, stubbing, hat-racking, rounding over or tipping. Whatever the name, we don’t recommend you do it. Why? Here’s why…

Why You Shouldn’t Do It

Tree topping intentionally creates open wounds that will have a hard time healing. Meanwhile, it takes away a whole bunch of leaves, making it much harder for the tree to make its own food. It’s essentially starving the tree– and it won’t grow like it should. The process of topping is also harmful to the tree because it exposes much of the tree’s bark to the sun– and that can ultimately damage the bark. It’s like when a pale person goes out into the sun without a hat, glasses, shirt or sunscreen for days on end in the summer– they’re going to fry and it won’t be pretty! Meanwhile, stubs are likely going to break thanks to storms with high winds. The tree itself can become disfigured. And it’ll start to look unsightly.

When certain trees grow tall and get close to power lines, what do some companies do? They tree top. Is it cheap and fast? Yes. But is it also harmful and ugly? Yep. As for the trees on your property in New Jersey– don’t let them become a victim of a tree topper.

Is there an alternative to tree topping? Yes. Find out what that is by calling Big Foot Tree Service at 973-885-5000. We offer free estimates and take care of many trees all over New Jersey. We’d be happy to see your trees and help you figure out what should be done to ensure they’re in great shape– and not topped!

Common Tree Trimming Mistakes

Common Tree Trimming Mistakes

When people decided to trim trees on their property, they typically make a couple mistakes. While they might have a “do-it-yourself” spirit, they might not have the knowledge or expertise to do the job right. Hence, they end up calling Big Foot Tree Service to come trim their trees “the professional way.” Fair enough. So… Continue Reading

A Tree Care Checklist for the Fall

A Tree Care Checklist for the Fall

As autumn approaches, you know what that means: temperatures will get colder and leaves will fall off trees. As we move into the winter months, autumn is a good time to pay attention to the trees in your yard and on your property. What are some ways to prep your beloved trees for colder weather… Continue Reading

Keep These Things in Mind When Mulching Around Your Trees

Keep These Things in Mind When Mulching Around Your Trees

It’s that time of year, again… time to mulch around trees. Oftentimes, you see landscaping companies dumping foot-tall mounds of mulch around trees– well that’s not good, because it suffocates the tree(s). Ideally, a 2”-to-3” layer of mulch works best. It should extend far enough to reach out to a tree’s “drip line,” which is… Continue Reading

How to Become a Good Tree Pruner

How to Become a Good Tree Pruner

If you’re like most people, you don’t have a clue about pruning a tree. You’re likely to take a scissors or shears and “go to town” cutting things off your yard trees haphazardly, never paying much attention to how it’s done. That said, there are some basics to being a good tree pruner. Tips to… Continue Reading

Should You Fertilize Trees?

Should You Fertilize Trees?

Have you ever wondered whether you should fertilize the trees on your property? If you haven’t fertilized trees on your property, maybe this will be the year you start. Trees are like people– they get hungry. In some cases, they’re starving. Trees need nutrients and fertilizer helps them get needed nutrients so they can grow… Continue Reading