Topping a spruce

Asked September 18, 2017, 11:48 AM EDT

Our property is lined with several large spruce trees ~50ft tall. Two of the trees are a few feet from our neighbors garage. The neighbor would like to " top off" the trees in order to make them stronger and therefore less likely to fall (his words). I don't want to do this for aesthetic reasons but is there any validity to what he is telling us?

Wayne County Michigan

1 Response

Topping conifers is never a good idea. Topping trees leads to continued maintenance and a very un-natural form. Trees that are topped maybe more prone to attack from insects and diseases.
Here is a good articles on this subject.
https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/tree-topping.pdf