A customer asked us if his pine should be removed since it outgrew its space and is now entangled in power lines. Selective pruning is usually possible to give clearance to power lines while keeping the tree. However, making the tree pleasing to the eye isn’t always possible, depending on how much needs to be pruned.
Topping a tree isn’t recommended except for reasons like power line clearance. Topping a tree means reducing the height of the entire crown or top of the tree. Shade is preserved, but topping can:
- accelerate branch growth at the top
- make the tree look disfigured
- cause it to rot more quickly
So, removing the tree and planting a better species for the spot will be a better option for many.