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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!

Why You Should Avoid Planting Trees in the Summer

Why You Should Avoid Planting Trees in the Summer

In New Jersey, July and August are typically the hottest months of the year. Indeed, summertime is hot! Do most landscaping companies plant trees during the summer months? Nope. They tend to plant trees in spring and fall when the weather is cooler. Trees, like people, don’t love extremely hot temperatures. If and when you… Continue Reading

How Long Do Trees Usually Live For?

How Long Do Trees Usually Live For?

Where would we be without trees? They add value to our homes and neighborhoods, they break the cold New Jersey winter winds to help lower our heating costs, and they provide food and shelter for wildlife. Most trees will outlive us; indeed, some trees have been alive on this planet in their spots for hundreds… Continue Reading

The Dangers of High Wind

The Dangers of High Wind

“They Call The Wind Maria” was a popular song in the 1950s from a Broadway musical, and the way Maria was pronounced was “Mariah,” as in “Mariah Carey,” the singer who got her name from that song. Now one thing about Mariah Carey is this: she’s got a set of lungs/pipes on her– when she… Continue Reading