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Tree Care

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Tree Topping      

Topped Tree Sample

Tree topping is the random cutting of tree branches to stubs or laterals that are too small to maintain the trees normal growth pattern. Do not be fooled by tree topping under the guise of a different name which include “heading”, “hat-racking”, “tipping”, and “rounding over”. For more information on tree care and topping please click on these links:  Tree Topping Quick Reference or Tree Topping Article by City Arborist


Tree Topping is not permitted in the City of Franklin and is prohibited under Zoning Ordinance 5.2.4(6)(f).

Ash Trees and Emerald Ash Borer      



Please follow the links on this page for more information regarding tree care and City of Franklin ordinances that cover tree trimming and tree removal.


Tree Care Industry Association

International Society of Arboriculture 

The National Arbor Day Foundation

American Society of Consulting Arborists

Trees are Good

Society of American Foresters

Community Trees

Crape Myrtle Care

Tree Trimming Illustration