This is just about the most ridiculous, hideous practice going.  PEOPLE OF ATLANTA, if you think your tree is too tall, THIS is not the answer!!  Not only does it look incredibly stupid (for a few years), it forever deforms the tree and creates a significant hazard as it grows larger (or creates a maintenance event every few years).  For the money spent on butchering and deforming the tree, you should just have it removed.  Re-plant with a more desirable tree or a tree that won’t grow taller than what you will be comfortable having near your home.

And to all the Bubba Tree Companies out there that actually perform this debauchery – STOP IT!