Since the last 50 years it is common to see many topped trees!
The urban growth, initiated early 19th, is now accentuated. The development of an increasingly urban population means more buildings.
There are also more vehicles, but also more pedestrian lanes and now more bike lanes!
What about tree in all this?
The tree became troublesome.
From the North to the South of France, and from the city to the countryside, there are still too many topped trees!
In less than a century, tree know-how has been lost!
Trees are mutilated and often without any reason!
When is it necessary to prune a tree?
No doubt it is useful for those who do not know the book ‘ l’urbanisme végétal ‘ by Caroline Mollie, landscape architect, to quote her remarks. This one was published by Acts Sud, in… 1993!!!
“Should we plant trees in the city if the conditions are not met to give them the best chance of development? I wonder about the many abuses that I have seen in recent years. Too many situations seem questionable, sometimes even surreal when plants, such as urban furniture, are treated as decoration objects to the detriment of their vital needs…
Trees are the foundation of our urban plant heritage. The renewal of this heritage bequeathed by previous generations seems to be compromised. It is not certain, in the current state of practice, that future generations will benefit from the beautiful foliage that we enjoy today…. etc.
If we are not careful, large trees in town will be gone for our children, in the midst of global warming!!!
Current regulations and legislation attempt to frame the trade of the pruner. But many abuses are still visible.
Unskilled people often perpetuate these. They have little knowledge of the trees (botany, biology, mechanical resistance, pests, etc.) and of the safe working rules in height.
But beware: the highly lucrative aspect of tree pruning can also result in many unjustified pruning!
And this, whatever the certifications…
And bad practices are sometimes replicated by the townspeople themselves…! This, even in rural areas in which trees are not constrained by the lack of space!
NB: A topped tree (of which whole tops of trees or large branches and/or trunks have been drastically removed) is doomed.
What are the consequences of a topped tree?
A pruning that does not take into account the biological functioning of a tree necessarily generates:
- A rotting at the level of the tree collar.
- A weakening of the tree. The development of diseases, insects and pests is then facilitated.
- An altered tree mechanical strength. The tree in a last impulse of vitality can bring new branches to life. But these will have a much smaller anchorage and will be fragile.
- The longevity of the tree is greatly reduced.
How can we ensure that we keep this natural heritage?
As a customer, you should be aware that you have the right to ask for the qualifications and certification of the pruners and their insurance. You can also refer to associations that respond to an ethic!
Do you have an arboreal heritage that you care about and want to pass on to future generations? We can accompany you in your tree management and in the choice of knowledgeable professionals!