Topping a Tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by zipwoman54
March 13, 2010
I have seen trees where the top has been brought (cut) dramatically (the truck is pretty wide) and there are many twigs growing out of the top creating an umbrella look. Can I do this and how is it done?

Answer from NGA
March 13, 2010


I can never recommend topping a tree. The result of topping is what you see - essentially suckering growth that will never be productive or grow into healthy branches. Topping a tree starves the tree by drastically reducing its food-making ability and makes the tree more susceptible to insects and disease. The growth you see is the tree's last effort to survive.

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