Tree Permits & Information Tree Permits
If you wish to remove a tree or perform major pruning on a street tree, you will need to apply for a street tree permit before doing any work.
Think Before You Top, Get The Facts
Topping is the drastic removal of large amounts of leaves and branches
from a tree's crown. According to the International Society of
Arboriculture (ISA), "topping is the indiscriminate cutting back of tree
branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to
assume the terminal role." Other names for topping include heading,
tipping, hat-racking, and rounding over.
Creates unsafe hazardous conditions
Shortens the life of a tree
Common Topping Urban Legends & the Real Facts Topping rejuvenates the tree.
Actually, topping removes large amounts of energy-converting foliage
from the tree. This forces the tree to tap energy reserves to replace
lost foliage, resulting in a weakened tree that is more susceptible to
attack by pests and disease.
Topping makes the tree fuller.
In fact, many trees will send out or "flush" large amounts of foliage
to replace the leaves removed. New growth is dense and may appear to be
fuller. Unfortunately, new branches are poorly attached and easily
break, and topped branches are open for attack by pests and decay.
Topping is inexpensive.
A topped tree requires more maintenance due to increased pruning
cycles. Ultimately, the tree will die prematurely, reducing property
values, and will need to be removed and replaced.
New growth is stronger.
The new growth after topping usually grows faster, but is not stronger.
Instead, new growth is poorly attached and easily breaks off,
increasing storm damage and personal liability.
The tree casts too much shade. The canopy of a tree may be thinned with proper pruning to allow more sunlight through, while not severely damaging the tree.
The tree got too big. Trees never
get "Too Big." Trees have a genetic disposition to be a certain size
while environmental factors affect the potential size. If tree size is a
concern, consider selection of smaller trees for a better choice.
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