Topping & Shaping



Topping is no longer a common practice in the tree care industry and is perhaps the most harmful tree prunning practice known, causing stress to the tree, decay, hazards and certianly makes the tree ugly. Sometimes a tree must be reduced in height or spread - to avoid utility lines for example - however there are recommended techniques for doing so.

Alternative shaping and prunning techniques performed by For All Seasons Tree Service rather than topping include:

  • Cleaning Trees is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, crowded, weakly attached, and low-vigor branches from the crown of a tree
  • Thinning Trees is the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown. Thinning opens the foliage of a tree, reduces weight on heavy limbs, and helps retain the tree's natural shape
  • Raising Trees removes the lower branches from a tree in order to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas
  • Tree Reduction reduces the size of a tree, often for clear- ance for utility lines. Reducing the height or spread of a tree is best accomplished by pruning back the leaders and branch terminals to lateral branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles (at least one-third the diameter of the cut stem). Compared to topping, reduction helps maintain the form and structural integrity of the tree


For All Seasons Tree Service has several ISA certified arborists on staff to insure your trees are properly trimmed and shaped, promoting good health for your trees.