For the love of trees, DON"T DO IT! That's the message from Landscape Management about "tree topping."
Topping is the indiscriminate cutting back of tree branches that is also referred to as "heading," "tipping," "hat-racking" and "rounding over."
While the idea still persists that topping trees is necessary, certified arborists say it's a harmful practice that can lead to branch failure and affect the health of the tree.
If you want to learn about alternatives to tree topping, such as branch reduction or directional pruning, call a certified arborist.
However, if you think a tree in the city's right-of-way needs maintenance, please call Landscape Management at 704-336-4262.