Trees can contain dead and dying branches which can create health and safety risks, and can also damage property, by removing the deadwood you eliminate this problem.
Bad arboriculture practice
Topping is generally used to reduce the tree height and size significantly, although this may work in the short term, it is not recommended as you should generally not remove any more than 30 percent of a trees crown. The tree will grow back rapidly to replace its missing leaf area, to try meet the nutritional requirements of the tree. This will create many weak growth unions which can be hazardous to nearby property and can pose a risk to health and safety.
Topping will affect the tree in four main ways which include:
- Opens the tree up to fungal pathogens and rot, making large limbs dangerous.
- The tree’s leaves manufacture its food.Repeated removal literally starves the tree.This makes it susceptible to secondary fungal diseases such as various forms of root rot a common cause of failing trees.
- New limbs made from the sucker or shoot regrowth are weakly attached and break easily in wind.A regrown limb never has the structural integrity of the original.
- The thick regrowth of suckers as a result of topping make the tree top-heavy and more likely to catch the wind.This increases the chance of blow-down in a storm.