Tree Topping Is Expensive
The cost of topping a tree is not limited to what you pay your arborist. If the tree survives, it will require pruning again within a few years. If the tree dies as a result of tree topping, it will need to be removed at an additional cost.
Topping is a high-maintenance pruning practice and there are some hidden costs of topping; one is the reduction in property value. Healthy, well-maintained trees can add 10-20% to the value of a property. Disfigured, topped trees decrease property values. Another potential cost of topped trees is liability. Topped trees are prone to breaking and can be hazardous and because topping is considered an unacceptable pruning practice, any damage caused by branch failure of a topped tree may lead to a finding of negligence in a court of law.