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Understand the pruning needs of mature trees and the proper pruning techniques for their care.
Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Although forest trees grow quite well with only nature’s pruning, landscape trees
require a higher level of care to maintain their structural integrity and aesthetics. Pruning must be done with an understanding of tree biology.
Improper pruning can create lasting damage or even shorten the tree’s life.

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Proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning
measures while they are young will require less corrective pruning as they mature.

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Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. Yet, despite more than 25 years of literature and seminars explaining its harmful effects, topping remains a common practice.

What is Topping?

Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or to lateral branches that are not large enough to
assume the terminal role. Other names for topping include “heading,” “tipping,” “hat-racking,” and “rounding over.”

Learn why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and discover recommended alternatives.

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Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

Learn about services that arborists provide, criteria for selecting an arborist, and the benefits of hiring an ISA Certified Arborist.

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