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Old 12-13-2007, 11:41 AM
PatriotLandscape PatriotLandscape is offline
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Originally Posted by mdvaden View Post
When trained arborists do something similar, it's called crown reduction, but generally when there is no alternative like allowing more top-growth, and it's also very planned as to where cuts are made. And be done in stages, not just one crew-cut session.

This tree here, has been crown-reduced to preserve the view over it...

But that's not topping. I don't even put "crown reduction" on my brochures.

That is a great loooking tree and looks like a lot of care went into the future planning of conserving it.

Here tree topping usually occurs when people move into an area were a forest has just been cleared and they want to enhance there view of the ocean. these trees are around 40-60' and then hack down to ~30'. The end result is a stressed tree that just needs to be removed after a few years because the recovery from the damage looks bad of the tree is just mangled.
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Old 12-15-2007, 01:04 PM
daysel daysel is offline
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Seems like it would hurt them, but the crape myrtles around here get it every year and they look awesome and are around 8-10 years old.
That's one of the only things I see getting topped, around here.
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Old 12-15-2007, 02:58 PM
mdlwn1 mdlwn1 is offline
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That cherry is example of art. I live near some old estates and one of them has pleached or "pollard" lindens that are simply amazing. Let's face it many tree guys out there are any more than take down "experts"?
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