May 2020 – The Right Way To Maintain Your Trees – Part 16

Do you need to find the best tree thinning service in the Tri Cities? We are it. However, if you’re looking to tackle the job yourself, we are happy to help by providing whatever information we can.

Don’t Top Trees!

Topping is the destructive and obsolete pruning practice of cutting back large branches to stubs, leaving wounds that invite decay and disease into the tree. Topping destroys a tree’s natural shape, beauty, and grace. Topped branches respond with a vigorous growth of weakly attached limbs that are more susceptible to breakage and storm damage and require more frequent maintenance than the original branches. 

Trees are usually topped by well-intended, misinformed people. Contrary to the many myths in its defense, topping is the worst thing you can do for the health of your tree. After a tree is topped, decay and sunscald damage and destroy once-healthy tissue, and the significantly reduced canopy cannot produce enough food to maintain healthy functioning. Disease and insect pests take advantage of the tree’s increased vulnerability and can weaken the whole tree down to the roots. Topping leads to immediate death in some species and a reduced life span in others.

If you’re looking to do all of your own tree thinning, we will be your biggest cheerleaders. If you ever need advice, a quick tip, or just have a quick question, please call us anyways. We will be happy to help and assist any way we can. If there is ever a job that gets to be a little too big, please give us a chance to earn your business. We are the best tree thinning service in the Tri Cities.

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