Why Topping Hurts Trees

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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