What is Tree Topping?
Tree topping is the drastic removal, or cutting back, of large
branches in mature trees, leaving large, open wounds which subject
the tree to disease and decay. Topping causes immediate injury
to the tree and ultimately results in early failure or death of
Other names for this malpractice
include stubbing, heading, heading-back, stubbing-off, tipping,
hatracking, topping off, dehorning, lopping, or roundover.
In short, topping by any name
is the worst thing to do to the health of a tree.