Tree topping is the process of removing trunks, branches, or treetops with the idea that it will promote light penetration and new growth. In reality, this practice is one that can have a detrimental impact on your tree. Instead, tree owners should be looking at reduction pruning.
Why Reduction Pruning and Not Tree Topping?
Tree topping can cause significant stress to your trees, along with safety issues. By removing large trunks, branches, or the tops of trees, you leave behind lateral branches or stubs that are too small to become terminal leaders.
What’s more, once you’re topped your tree, you’re putting the new bark at risk of sunscald while increasing the risk of decay and fungus. The loss of leaves can also reduce your tree’s ability to photosynthesise, which can lead to your tree starving to death.
Reduction pruning is the process of removing the appropriate stems and branches from your tree canopy’s outer portion. This process reduces the risk of failure and also provides clearance from structures.
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Hiring Experts in Auckland for Reduction Pruning
The average person’s tree care knowledge is limited, which is why many may think their untidy tree requires a tree topping service in Auckland. Auckland arborists can offer reduction pruning that benefits your tree’s health and aesthetics.
There’s a fine line between topping and pruning, so leave this task in the capable hands of tree care experts. Call Tree Care Auckland for a safe alternative to tree topping.