Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Other names for topping, including “heading,” “tipping,” “hat-racking,” and “rounding over.” Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. It is usually done to reduce the size of a tree. Often, homeowners top their trees because they feel that they have become too large for their property and are a hazard. However, topping will make a tree more hazardous in the long term and is very harmful to the health of a tree.
Protection! Sooner or later someone has an accident do you want to be the one responsible? Any tree care professional should be a state licensed contractor, have $1,000,000 in liability insurance, have workers compensation insurance, and complete vehicle insurance.