Originally Posted by mdvaden
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.