When a tree is too big to be pruned from the ground, it is time to call in an Arborist. An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees, and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly; tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work in trees in a manner that is safe both for them and for the trees. Click here to find out more about how to hire an arborist.
There is a proper way to prune trees. Pruning cuts should be made outside the branch collar, not flush with the stem. Excess end weight should be removed with preliminary cuts to avoid tearing bark. Pruning is often done to remove dead wood from a tree, to thin the crown for air circulation or to balance weight, and to provide ground clearance. Tree topping, an unacceptable practice, occurs when indiscriminate cuts are made on large branches in an attempt to lower the height of the tree. Topping creates a structurally unsound condition, is stressful to the tree, is expensive to maintain, and is visually offensive. Whenever topping is being considered, removal of the tree and replacement with an appropriate size tree will better solve the problem and reduce hazards in the future.