The tree top has tried to sprout ,but the pieces died. That=s just what you are trying to avoid by topping the tree! Our new neighbors approached us today asking if we would be willing to cut down a row of white pines in our backyard, because they are blocking the sun in their yard where they have a swimming pool, and also dropping pine needles. Here’s an article I wrote on it: https://www.growingagreenerworld.com/control-of-the-hemlock-wooly-adelgid/ While I understand there are times where controlling the size through topping “may” be necessary, nearly all of the time it’s a losing battle. I hope that’s not the answer…. The first winter was no problem for the tree. It may be that it is simply trying to grow rapidly to reach sufficient light. % of people told us that this article helped them. Thinning is often a better option. Peach trees are a common example of this practice. The next best time to make these cuts is late winter, or early spring. Also, while you’re cutting be sure to cut what is necessary to remove all the dead trunk and limb tissue. Never let anyone walk around on the ground below you while you're starting or using a chainsaw or dropping branches. Less is always better when it comes to “pruning” shrubs or trees. One cherry this year. What a great topic and thanks for sharing this information about Tree Topping. I was raised in New York, where we are not familiar with this “topping” procedure. I have a huge maple tree in my front yard which I had to have pruned because of neighbor complaints (I live in a city). Poplar trees thrive in warm weather and moist to wet soil. Hi, I accidentally cut off the entire top of my dogwood tree with a weed wacker by cutting right through the trunk horizontally. Dale, my admonition is for people who butcher would would be or could be full grown hardwoods if allowed to do what they were meant to do. Copyright 2021 The Joe Gardener Company, All Rights Reserved. Now, within 3 months of the city’s chopping, the entire tree is completely dead. You should contact your local county extension service for specific suggestions. But if you want to promote new growth and have your tree fill out, follow branches back from their tip until you get to a point where you see leaf buds on both sides of the branch. References. That was huge expense. Alpharetta, GA 30004. They know better and would never do this to a tree. The caragana are totally cut off and are now only six ft high. Hi, Joe! It is still close to the same height it was when the top broke off. Styrax japonicus, called Japanese snowbell, is a compact, deciduous flowering tree with horizontal branching and a rounded crown.It typically grows to 20-30’ tall and as wide, but infrequently can reach up to 50’ tall. Is there old growth that flushes out new leaves on same branches but no increased growth? Some people have been known to top trees in order to stimulate new growth. Showing the results of this tree after cutting as you have may change his mind. You’re looking for any signs of life, such as green tissue under the bark. .limbs were breaking off so i wanted to trim it but the guy ended up topping it..now its about 30 feet tall. Thank you so much! Good luck! Also known as pollarding, stubbing, dehorning, heading and several other terms, it has risen to crisis proportions nationally over the last decade. Without seeing the tree it’s hard to say. Not sure what would have killed it back but it can be a number of reasons. As you stated, it grew new branches below that and they grew fast – doubling the tree’s height over one summer! He said they do not recommend topping trees but in this situation it might be better to take off 50 feet than remove all 150 feet. Any advice about the future costs in all their forms? Two years ago, my husband and I moved to a home in Alpine, CA, a small hillside community in East San Diego County (altitude of 1,800-2,000 feet above sea level). I hate to hear that. Hi Cheryl. Sad truth about the demise of many trees to topping. But I have no idea what else to do other than just let the tree fall, which is also extremely heartbreaking to think about happening. I believe one of the main reasons people think they need to come back and top their trees each year is because they do it wrong a first time and that just starts a vicious cycle of having to come back each year and take back the new growth. That can make the wood even softer and less able to withstand future environmental challenges. Let’s hope this was a one-time topping. hi! Cut at a slight angle to direct water off the wood. Hi Joe The result can be exactly what you are experiencing: a thin trunk with insufficient girth to hold up the branching trying to capture enough light to sustain itself in less than ideal conditions. Usually excurrent in form, having a single trunk with lateral branches. Thank you ! This tree attains a height of 50–70 ft., with a trunk about 18 inches in diameter. You will need a long support such as a sturdy piece of bamboo and something to attach the plyable horizontal branch to the vertical support. We were just informed by our neighbors on both sides of our home that the trees block their view and creep over one neighbor’s property. I have not done this with a redwood but I have down it with other conifers and evergreens. However, in the case of a very large tree that's creating a problem, you may find that topping it with a chainsaw is your best course of action. As to it’s future related to the disease, it depends on what the disease was and where it impacted the tree overall. Here’s a link you can use to find your local extension service office: http://nifa.usda.gov/partners-and-extension-map?state=GA&type=Extension, Given the negative impact of pollarding / coppicing, why are utility companies permitted to engage in this practice? How often will I have to spray the trees or do I wait to see if they catch the bug? Dramatically altering the height or structure of a large tree will cause it to respond in such a way that new branching will quickly sprout to replace what was removed. Is able, and likes to work on lower limbs. The paint can actually seal in moisture and counteract what nature does best. They are typically staffed with volunteer Master Gardeners during the week manning the phones to take your questions. Aspen and balsam trees also live a century or more. I’m not sure what I can do to save the tree? That will lead to more problems later. Are there any companies that I could call that are local that prune this beautiful tree? Hi joy. 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\n<\/p><\/div>"}. If they are not suitable for your area, look for other trees like this. I have to confess here that I don’t know the answer to your question. I’ve never used them but I believe they are not worth the trouble personally. However, this may be several inches or more below the cut. My question, is it possible that the tree may be stunted or do you think the individual that pruned it may have killed it completely? This is one of the problems with topping mature trees and branches. The tree is less than an inch in diameter and maybe six feet tall. I have a fir tree that’s 80 feet tall, it was topped some 10 years ago but now has grown 2 new tops. You could also simply use your fingernail to scrape away a small layer of bark to see if you see green beneath. Hi Joe. Until then, alternatives to topping may include selective pruning and thinning. I had someone here to ‘prune’ trees that were close to my house and growing up over the roof line and gutters. I’ve clean cut it now, just above two buds. I was told that it would have new growth this Spring, but nothing new is growing. Somebody did topping to my tree after they were told to just trim branches I’m so heart broken can I help it grow healthier by giving it tree fertilizer? Mary. They’ll be able to show you their credentials if they are. I have a very large beautiful southern magnolia tree in Costal Georgia… it is however getting very high and in need of a hight adjustment… However, after reading your article I believe that is not an option? One thing you can do is get high up in the tree if possible and cut away a branch to inspect the interior of the limb. Hi Joe, I have a young (maybe two or three years old?) If you see this, keep working your way down and do more of this same inspection. It’s possible, but it’s also too early to know. hi joe i am a big fan well my tree fell once but you can get this stuff to let the tree still live with those parts missing. I had a young tree with a trunk about 2.5 inches in diameter that stood about four feet high. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know what type of pine they are. Is it O.K. It’s not uncommon to plant or transplant trees and you have dieback at the top. If so, you should be fine. You’ll just have to wait and see if it recovers from the shock of losing all it’s limbs! Hi, our neighbors (I believe 80-100 ft. And approx 40-50 yrs old) wains dramaticly south…..snapped off maybe 10ft into our back yard. If you take this route, remove a top portion of the tree down to where you see new buds or branching. The poplar species native to North America are divided into three loose groups: the cottonwoods, the aspens, and the balsam poplars. Hi Shelia. Just taking the branches back 10-15 feet would have done the job nicely. If I were to cut the lower bushy area off , would it send nutrients up the tree so it will grow, or have I totally lost the tree. The exposed wood creates decay, entry points and pathways for pests, diseases and destructive organisms to move into and through the branches. All beautiful and dearly loved. Lombardy poplar trees are best known for their columnar form and unusual branching structure—the branches start close to the ground and grow upward, parallel to the trunk. A person with disabilities can not work above 5-6 feet. However, if it is not, you might try taking a side limbing growing near the tip and point it up and secure it with a splint or round stake, like a strong piece of bamboo, etc. But it takes a trained eye to assess the real issue and the proper resolution. Circumfrence at the base about 6 ft around. The actual tree circumfrence is about 6ft. As long as you’re willing to deal with the potential loss of these trees if you continue to keep them cut to 20-25 feet, that’s the worst case. Laura, I’m sure this is a situation where it feels like you don’t have a great option either way. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 25,613 times. Topping any type of tree is inadvisable and in the case of white pines (as described below) it is likely to kill them. Sounds like somebody wanted to improve their view? Thank you in advance! Several branches were cut back, so that they were about 5-6 feet long, with no foliage at all. It makes me sick to read comments like this. Hi it’s Paul. Hi Joe, Will the tree die? Keep me posted! Hi Keye. We just went through a devastating wind storm in Spokane, Washington and a 60 foot Ponderosa pine came through our bedroom and caused almost 60k worth of damage. Get in touch It seems that there is no growth above the area where it was girdled, but there are new buds below, about a foot from the ground. Plant your Poplar in this location, as it will be more likely to receive enough water. Branches will sprout new growth around the closest dormant leaf buds to the cut. I understand wanting to be a good neighbor, but this is a big ask. They were planted the summet of 2014. Although new growth may appear, it will not be as strong nor will it be as aesthetically pleasing. Thanks in advance. I googled your site to find out info about planting tall hemlocks, about 15 ft. in place of any area which now has 40 ft. white pines. I’m really tempted to cut off some of the height so I can better manage the tree. I don’t advise that. Look for dead, diseased or damaged branches on your poplar tree. Cottonwood is a large tree with long, straight trunk and massive branches forming a rounded top. Establishment is the most important thing you can do right now. The principle should be the same though. The tree has grown upward quite fast, but the trunk is not strong enough to hold the branches up. My concern is can we plant hemlock in their place. Topping Stresses Trees When a tree is topped, up to 100% of the leaf bearing crown is removed. There is no way to tell without a qualified person inspecting this. Give it a try and let me know how it works out. We had very high winds come through our area in November of 2015 bringing down a 100 foot ponderosa pine into our home and $70,000 later we are finally up and running again. I’m sorry this happened and I don’t think there is anything you can do do help it at this point. Should I have them cut down completely? This sounds like a battle that will never end: tree vs. grass. When proper pruning cuts are made (just beyond a branch collar at the branch’s point of attachment), healthy trees are genetically equipped to close the wound. There are plant health issues with tree topping: it's been demonstrated that sun damage, nutrient stress, insect attack, and decay result from unnecessary and incorrect pruning procedures. Fact they could come down in a storm in limbs that needed a trimming but no increased?. 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