Trees are valuable additions to your landscape design. However, proper care is important if you want your trees to grow and thrive in the most appealing and healthiest way possible. Not only is watering and fertilizing necessary, but pruning is also crucial for maintaining your trees. Unfortunately, you may not be familiar with the right way to prune your trees. Characterized by the removal of all foliage and larger branches from the entire top of the tree, topping is one type of pruning practice that does more harm than good, though. This guide will give you a few reasons why you should not top your tree.
Affects the Tree's Look
Topping takes off an excess amount of the tree's foliage and branches, completely changing the way your tree looks. Trees play a large role in your home's curb appeal and value, so removing the canopy in this manner will negatively affect your landscape design, curb appeal, and home's value.
Without the foliage and most of the top branches, your tree will not even look like a tree, reducing the entire reason why it was planted in the first place.
Instead of topping, which affects the tree's appeal, talk to professionals about a more appropriate pruning that will improve the tree's health without hurting its look.
Reduces Energy Efficiency
Topping off the foliage and top branches reduces how much shade the tree provides as well. Without shade around your home and outdoor living spaces, you will most likely see a change in your energy usage.
Shade-producing trees add a layer of protection between the outdoors and your home, reducing heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. Without the shade provided by your tree's foliage, you may have to run your air conditioner longer in the summer and your heat longer in the winter, which increases your energy bills.
Increases Risk of Death
Finally, and maybe even most importantly, topping may eventually kill your trees. It is important to remember that the leaves/foliage of your tree absorb oxygen and sunlight for photosynthesis, which is needed for your tree's growth.
By removing the foliage, you are reducing how effectively your tree receives oxygen and sunlight, so it will not receive the essential nutrients it needs to grow. Continuous topping of your tree will eventually cause your tree to die.
Help is available if you want to care for your trees in an appropriate manner. Contact a tree service to learn more.