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8:00 am to 5:00 pm
4721 E. 146th Street

Carmel, IN  46033

Phone.  317-846-3778
Fax.       317-846-3788






One of our company goals is to be properly educated in current methods of

pruning and general tree care.  One procedure still seen throughout Indiana is

topping, a technique often used to reduce the height of a tree.  toppedtree.jpg (212513 bytes)


Five reasons not to top trees:

  • Stress  Topping takes off so much of the tree crown that the tree is often starved for food due to the removal of so much foliage.  Topping also exposes bark that has been protected from sunlight which results in sunscald and more stress.

  • Insects & Diseases  Large stubs are created when a tree is topped.  The tree has a very difficult time healing these wounds.  As a result, the stubs are vulnerable to insect and disease attacks and greater amount of decay.

  • Weakened Limbs  When a limb is removed with topping, epicormic sprouts grow to replace the missing foliage.  These new sprouts growing from a large stub are not properly attached to the trunk, making the junction weak and more susceptible to decay and storm damage.

  • Ugly Trees  a topped tree is an unnatural, ugly sight.  The tree will never be able to grow back to its natural state.

  • Expensive  The initial cost for topping is often more than if a tree is properly pruned.  Also, in the long run, there can be hidden costs, increased future maintenance, and the removal and replacement cost if the tree dies.  There is also potential liability from the increased hazards.

Instead of topping, a tree should be properly pruned.  Vine & Branch uses a American National Standard (ANSI) approved pruning method that are healthy for the tree, and can achieve the look you want.  These are:

  • Crown Cleaning   removes the deadwood, as well as the diseased, broken, and poorly attached branches, and water sprouts.

  • Thinning  removes selected branches to allow for better light penetration, air movement, and to reduce weight.

  • Crown Reduction  reduces the height of the tree by cutting back to lateral limbs properly.  With proper pruning, the tree will maintain proper structure and will be able to thrive.

  • Crown Raising  removes lower branches over sidewalks, roofs, etc.



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