What to Do with a Tree That Has Been Topped by the City


Sometimes trees interfere with important objects. Most commonly, tree branches will grow around or entangle themselves with power lines and communication lines. When that happens, the city orders that the tree be "topped," or have its top branches chopped off and removed to stop the tree from growing any further around these lines. The owners of the tree are forewarned, but it does not make the aftermath look any better. The tree itself, as long as it still has branches and leaves, will continue to grow, but it looks unsightly and weird. Here is what to do if you have a tree that has recently been topped by order of the city. 

Ask a Tree Service to Gently Reshape the Tree

Chances are that the company asked to top your tree was only told to get it untangled and away from power/communication lines. They did just that. However, you can ask another tree service to come see the tree and possibly reshape it so it does not look quite so absurd. This tree service can do different things with what is left of the tree so that the tree will grow more branches upward and hide the missing top. It eventually looks like the tree before it was topped; sometimes even better.

Chop the Tree Down the Rest of the Way

It is a tough decision, but if there is something wrong with the way the tree is leaning, it has a parasitic infestation, or it is partially dead already, then it might be a good idea to remove the rest of the tree. If you remove it entirely, including grinding down the stump, you can plant a new tree in its place. Your tree service contractor will tell you how to plant a new tree where the old one stood, or for an added charge, the contractor will plant a tree of your choosing for you.

Turn the Tree into a Wooden Carving

A lot of homeowners will see an artistic opportunity in this situation. They will hire woodcarvers and wood artists to take what is left of the tree and turn it into something unique and fun. If this sounds like an option for you, then the only thing a tree service needs to do is to remove all of the remaining foliage so that the tree slowly dies and is ready for the carvers to transform it. 

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