Chances are that you have heard that topping a tree is a bad practice, after all, arborists have been proclaiming this for decades now. Yet, it continues to persist, and we don’t have to look very far to find beautiful trees that have been indiscriminately “hacked back.”
As with many areas of life, it is critical to understand what is beneath the motive to top a tree. Perhaps if we can address the underlying need, we can finally put and end to this practice. Let’s explore this together!
1. Exploring the history of tree topping.
2. Discussing why it continues to persist.
3. Talking about strategies to improve the quality of tree care.
Brandon is a Certified Arborist, Certified Community Forest Warden, Certified Professional Horticulturist, Agricultural Pest Control Advisor, Ecologist, and Master Herbalist. Brandon was a Horticulture major and is a recent graduate of Yale University's Tropical Reforestation program. He is a published author and international speaker and serves on an advisory committee for Orange Coast College. He is the board president of Community Forests Council and is passionate about helping people rediscover the connection between soil, plants, and human health.