By: Rita McKenzie, Urban Forester
Dept. of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University, Wes Lafayette, IN 47907
What is topping?
Topping is the drastic removal or cutting back of large branches are cut to stubs. Topping is often referred to as heading, stubbing or dehorning.
Why are Trees Topped?
Many homeowners have their trees topped, when their trees reach heights they consider unsafe. They fear a strong wind might blow these large trees over. A fear largely unjustified, for the extensive root system of a healthy tree, left undisturbed, provides adequate support for the tree.