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Don’t Top That Tree! by TreeCulture December 6, 2016
Despite efforts to educate homeowners on the “malpractice” of tree topping, every year you will notice freshly topped and just plain unappealing trees plaguing the Asheville area. Professional tree care experts and top organizations wholeheartedly reject topping as a legitimate tree pruning technique, yet people continue to do it! Topping requires very little actual forethought or skill, meaning any yokel with a chainsaw and pickup truck can theoretically pull it off. In this article, we explore our top 5 reasons why you should NEVER top your trees. (Note: this article applies to trees and not to manicured shrubs or hedges.) #1 Increased health problems Topping removes a large amount of the tree’s leafy canopy, seriously impacting its ability to produce food. Additionally, the large wounds are more susceptible to rot and insect damage.
#2 Aesthetically unappealing A picture is worth a thousand words:
#3 Requires constant maintenance A consequence of topping is the production of multiple stems from the leftover stobs, resulting in the so-called “hydra” look. These fast-growing stems require regular and costly maintenance to keep them in check. This is a great way for a tree service company to keep you paying every year to maintain a less-than-optimal tree.
#4 Increased risk of becoming hazardous The small and numerous stems that grow as a result of topping are also structurally quite weak. This increases the tree’s potential hazard to people and other assets. From a legal standpoint, if a homeowner is found negligent, he or she may be held responsible for any damages that a hazardous tree inflicts. #5 Not a nationally accepted pruning practice Leading tree care organizations such as ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) and TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) do not promote tree topping as a legitimate technique. Certified arborists and quality landscape professionals don’t do it and you should not support it. The take-away: Tree topping is a just plain bad idea. Certified arborists NEVER top trees! There are much better alternatives for dealing with trees tunahat are too tall, growing into power lines, and encroaching on buildings or other structures.
Contact us today to explore your options. 828-423-2928
Winter Pruning by TreeCulture November 30, 2016
In an urban environment, pruning is the most common method of tree maintenance. While it can be done throughout the year, winter is generally the best time to prune your trees. Plants are dormant at this time and have a better chance of healing from wounds as spring is just around the corner and brings new growth. There are several reasons to prune, including removing poor quality wood, improving the overall beauty of your trees, and optimizing views.
Poor quality wood typically refers to dead, diseased, or damaged branches, which pose a potential hazard to people and their assets. Imagine the damage that a large, brittle oak branch falling from 50ft could cause.
Nobody likes looking at ugly trees, and careful pruning and reshaping is a great way to beautify your entire property (therby improving curb appeal!).
Finally, too much foliage can obstruct the views of our beautiful western North Carolina landscapes. We will work with you to come up with a plan to optimize views without removing too much.
Don’t settle for unskilled labor when it comes to pruning your trees. Our knowledgeable and skilled certified arborists will do the job right!
Call us today to schedule a free estimate. 828-423-2928