A bad haircut grows out before too long. However, it's not quite the same with tree topping, which removes a significant portion of the tree's upper growth. While the tree will attempt to regrow, this will take years to achieve, and tree topping can pose a risk to the tree's health. This means that it might perish before it can achieve its former height. So what should you do when a tree grows too high for your backyard?
The Tree's Proportions
Even though you might have the necessary equipment to top the tree, you should refrain from doing so. If you wish to remove the tree's upper growth to improve its aesthetics, you must consider that this might not be achieved by topping. The proportions of the tree will be significantly altered, and what was once a beautiful (if too tall) tree, will become a curious piece of timber with some foliage attached. None of this changes the fact that you still want to reduce the tree's height.
Slowly But Surely
Instead of trying to modify the tree yourself, call in the services of a professional tree lopping company. Instead of a straightforward topping operation, they can approach the task with infinitely more precision. This involves identifying smaller and medium branches and lopping them at their point of origin (where they connect to the tree's trunk or larger branches). This slowly but surely approach will help to preserve the approximate shape of the tree, while still reducing the height and size of its canopy. This avoids leaving a mutilated tree that's more susceptible to parasites, disease and general infection. Professionals will also be able to advise you on aftercare for the pruned tree, helping it to overcome the physical trauma of having had so much of its volume removed.
Removal and Replacement
It's not a given that an especially tall tree can be satisfactorily reduced in height. The tree's height and growth pattern may mean that removing smaller and medium branches won't yield the desired results, and the removal of larger branches (while altering the tree's height) will pose too much of a risk to the tree's chances of survival. The end choice is yours. However, even though the lopping will be performed with the utmost care (and with appropriate aftercare), the loss of too many larger branches means the tree can become unhealthy and might eventually die. If the lopping company suggests that this might be the outcome, consider your options. The outright removal of the tree is the most straightforward option, and it can be replaced with a smaller tree.
Topping a tree is like a haircut, and you shouldn't do this to your tree without the right understanding. Get some professional advice in order to achieve some professional results. Contact a tree lopping company for more information.