Tree Pruning: Resist Topping Trees

Tree Pruning: Resist Topping Trees

Weak growth results from this sycamore (left) and Oak (right) trees being topped

Weak growth results from this sycamore (left) and oak (right) trees being topped

Here in southern California, and especially in our city of Redlands, which is bestowed with 100+ year old trees, we have an epidemic of terrible tree trimming. Also, tree topping or pollarding — where main branches are trimmed to stubs — seems to be rampant.

Here are two good references on what topping is and why you shouldn’t do it. Don’t Top Trees¬†and Why Topping Hurts

Case in point: A neighbor of ours had his 3 foot diameter lemon bark eucalyptus tree topped a year ago, leaving one sorry dangling branch of leaves (see photo below). [Read more…]