A Guide to Successful Pruning. Stop Topping Trees!
French, Sue (Sue C.)
Appleton, Bonnie Lee, 1948-2012
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Topping occurs when the vertical stem and upper primary limbs on mature trees are cut back to stubs at uniform height. A wiser alternative to topping is careful selection and training of your young trees. Avoid topping altogether. Allow your trees to realize their full potential for health and beauty in the landscape.