Topping and Shaping

Topping and Shaping

Topping is no longer a common practice in the tree care industry and is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known, causing stress to the tree, decay, hazards and certainly 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 pruning 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 clearance 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 ISA certified arborists on staff to insure your trees are properly trimmed and shaped, promoting good health for your trees.

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All of the products and techniques that we use are eco-friendly and safe for the environment.


For All Seasons Tree Service is dedicated to providing quality service at a competitive price.


We have always maintained a local presence serving Metro Atlanta and Northwestern surrounding areas.


In addition to our wide range of tree services, we provide brush removal, bobcat work and light grading.


We are licensed, bonded and fully insured with liability and workmans’ compensation coverage.

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For All Seasons Tree Service opened in 2003, and co-founder Todd King has more than 25 years in the tree care industry.