Tree Lopping Tips

by the IPTS Team

by the IPTS Team

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Tree lopping tips

When taking care of your trees in your backyard, most homeowners are often left wondering exactly what the difference is between tree pruning and tree lopping.

While they both involve tree care, they are not the same methods needed for entirely different reasons.

What's the difference between tree lopping and tree pruning?

Tree pruning, while it does occasionally require cutting away some of a tree’s branches or even bark, is usually done for aesthetic purposes. This pruning of the tree removes parts of the tree that might otherwise detract from the appearance of the tree.

While tree lopping, on the other hand, is generally performed to prevent damage to the underlying tree, this method may also be used to aid tree regeneration or to gain access areas that are otherwise inaccessible.

Both tree lopping and pruning cut away portions of a tree, either to remove dead or decaying branches and to allow the new growth of branches to show. Tree lopping, however, actually removes the entire branch(es) at one time. The process of removing the branches in this manner is often called “gaping”. However, when trees have branches which are diseased or weak, it’s best to call in the professionals to deal with these branches, because leaving them untended can attract pests and disease.

What's the benefit of tree lopping?

Tree lopping is not done simply to remove weaker or diseased parts of the tree. While it may sometimes seem that way, in reality it’s usually done to encourage new growth or to facilitate the wind’s flow through a yard. Typically, while lopping may be accomplished manually, arborists utilize methods such as pulling or redirecting a tree’s growth path so that new branches are more likely to grow in an upward direction.

For instance, some arborists may use a fork to pull a tree towards the desired location. Alternately, some branches may need to be uprooted to ensure a clean path. Tree pruning isn’t limited to just the removal of weak or diseased branches, however, it can also include the removal of overgrown branches that create unsightly blockades or encumbrances around the property.

How is tree lopping done?

The majority of arborists today perform tree lopping or tree trimming services. When lopping, the arborist will typically use a pair of shears to trim the branches. However, there are some arborists who use a clipper, saw, or electric hedge trimmer to perform tree lopping. It is advisable that you get some professional advice from a local tree care company when considering tree lopping. Tree lopping can be dangerous- don’t risk it. Let the professionals who wear protective gear, such as hard hats and gloves, and who use the proper safety precautions to deal with the job at hand.

And what are the benefits?

Tree lopping provides many benefits for homeowners. Not only can it provide a neat, tidy appearance for your yard, it can also provide you with peace of mind knowing that you are doing your part to prevent harmful insects and pests.

Finally, don’t forget to ask your tree care company to check with your local council on any laws or regulations on vegetation management before taking down any part/s of trees on your property. They may have a policy concerning tree lopping.

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