January 2019: Dangers of Topping Your Trees: Part 2 – Shocking Your Tree

Continuing with the write up regarding topping your trees. the second condition you could expect to see is shock. By removing and exposing the tops of your trees, your tree will encounter shock. This is due to the infiltration of sunlight to parts of the tree that have not seen direct light in any previous seasons. This exposure of direct sunlight will end up scalding parts of the tree including limbs and bark.

What To Do If Your Tree Is In Shock
Mulching will help reduce the amount of shock. You should apply 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around the tree’s base. Also, don’t be tempted to feed your tree fertilizer. Fertilizers have a high amount of nitrogen that could burn the tree’s roots.

How To Prevent Disease & Insect Infestation
Another condition you could expect your tree to suffer when topping it is exposure to insects and disease. By cutting a limb you leave a large wound that will take a considerable time to heal. When this happens, the possibility of decay will be greater and more likely to happen.

Water & Drainage
Ensure your tree has a good drainage system around it and don’t over water. If you end up over watering your tree, it could literally drown

In Conclusion
Here at Top Tree LLC, we strive to be the best at what we do. In order to do that, we ensure that our practices are consistent with optimal tree care, our arborists are properly trained, and our customer service is top notch. If you are searching for a superior tree service company in Kennewick, we would like to earn your business.