Tree topping: ugly, misguided, counter-productive. When people lop off the tops of their tree branches, it's a pitiful shame and it butchers the tree. The Plant Amnesty site lists five good reasons not to top, including: It won't work; It's expensive; It's ugly; and It's dangerous.
If your tree is getting too big for your yard, hire an arborist to see what can be done. Better yet, do a lot of research on trees before you plant and plant appropriately. Sorry this post is so preachy, but I really feel bad for these trees! And their neighbors who have to look at them all the time.
- What is Topping and Why is it Bad? - Vancouver Parks & Recreation Department
- Trees Are Good - Why Topping Hurts Trees
- What's Bad About Tree Topping