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One sure fire way to identify a reputable tree service is to check their advertising. Obviously you would look for insurance and references but it is vital and equally important to look for the level of education and training in the field of tree care. If their yellow page ad, business card, or vehicle signage mentions topping, it is time to be concerned. Topping is not an approved practice in modern day arboriculture or in any way conducive to a healthy tree.
The picture at the right shows a Pin Oak that was recently topped. The subject tree is actually in east Memphis around the corner from my house and I was able to witness the crews who did the work. The tree was symptomatic of bacterial leaf scorch for some time before the topping occurred. From the looks of the outfit I am confident that they did not discourage the client’s wishes to cut out the effected limbs and may have in fact recommended it. The proper recommendation would have been removal or nothing at all. There is no cure for bacterial leaf scorch and it is actively affecting many Pin oaks in our area. The topping of the tree lead to its death soon after the drought of this past summer. Here are some of the reasons why the practice of topping leads to the premature decline of trees.
Why Not to “Top” - Eight Good Reasons
Is There Hope for a Topped Tree?
The simple answer is yes. Of course there are many variables and it is important to seek advice from a certified arborist. The overall health and any potential hazards must be assessed. If the tree is beyond hope, professional removal may be unavoidable. If the tree is healthy enough to overcome the stresses, there are some pruning practices such as crown restoration that can help rebuild a trees form over time. A soil sample should also be taken to test for any deficiencies or lack or organic matter around the root zone that may need to be corrected.
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