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Topping Trees – Not a Healthy Tree Practice

Avoid Tree Topping

Your tree is out of control and a tree company suggests topping your tree. What is “topping”? It is excessive and arbitrary removal of parts of a tree with no regard for its structure or growth pattern, — also known as hat-racking, heading, tipping and rounding over. It is practiced among some tree care service companies, despite disapproval from the two leading tree industry groups. Every tree species has an optimum shape to keep it strong and healthy – not respecting nature can result in reduction of your tree’s life and beauty.

Tree topping is against TCIA (The International Society of Arboriculture) and ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) standards. TCIA has more than 2,000 member companies that follow stringent safety and performance standards. ISA is the only organization that certifies individual arborists worldwide.

Wood Acres Tree Specialists, as certified arborists, are members of these organizations and is committed to excellence in tree care. These organizations only accredit tree companies which adhere to their best practices in trimming trees, tree industry safety and performance standards.

Topping completely destroys the shape of the tree from which it never fully recovers from. Taking care of the trees on your property should be a regular part of  the maintenance routine of your home. Trees add significant value to the property and character to your yard.

Should you have concerns about an unruly tree you’ve ignored for years and now you feel it’s time for drastic measures – contact Wood Acres Tree Specialists first. We can recommend the plan of action for keeping your tree – that’s taken years, maybe decades to grow in optimum shape without taking the topping shortcut that could ultimately destroy your graceful giant.

Wood Acres – Caring for trees in Montgomery County, Maryland and Washington DC area since 1983.

Actual Trees in our area that are damaged and deformed from tree topping in Maryland.

dying topped tree

dying and diseased topped tree

topped tree has no leaves

Everything else is blooming except this topped, damaged tree

Don’t let this happen to you. Plant trees that are suited to your yard’s size. When they need to be shaped, trust your trees to a licensed arborist, like Wood Acres Tree Specialists.

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