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Tree experts warning against tree topping

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Several preservation groups and arborists are warning people to avoid tree topping.

The term may not be familiar to everyone, but chances are you've seen these trees. Now organizations like the Tree Care Industry Association are trying to bring awareness to a method used for years they say harms the tree and the environment.

Tree experts in our area add there are many downsides to the procedure. "It may kill the tree and it can also start the tree to be more susceptible to insects, rot,"explains Daniel Thompson, arborist for Senske lawn and tree care.

Topping is a pruning process that cuts down the tree to a certain size. Experts like Thompson add the procedure isn't just costly to the tree, but your bank account as well. They say a topped tree grows faster adding to maintenance costs.