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

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

Each service provides a different level of care for your tree

For the average Aussie, there can be confusing terms for tree care services. Some of these terms mean the same thing and some mean something completely different. When you’re ordering a tree care service it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting. A good tree care specialist will take the time to assess your tree and recommend the best service for it. They could recommend you a tree lopping or tree pruning service. It all depends on the condition of your tree.

Tree care specialists like Arborists will recommend a service depending on the health of your tree. A tree may be so unhealthy that they may recommend a service to completely remove it from your yard. This is usually the point of no return. This removal option is a last resort when they have identified that the tree has no realistic chance of regaining its health. An unhealthy tree also poses a safety risk. An arborist will recommend a tree removal service to help make your yard and home safe from a tree that could fall down.

So what is tree lopping?

Tree lopping is a dangerous practice because when the tree has new growth these branches are poorly attached to the tree.

As these branches grow bigger and heavier they are more likely to break and fall off. This can eause injury & death or property damage.

After Tree Lopping, your tree may also be vulnerable to diseases and decay. The wounds of the tree are not sealed. When wounds are not sealed with a proper solution they are more vulnerable to pests and other forms of decay.

This is why Daryl’s Tree Care does not recommend tree lopping under any circumstances. Instead, we follow the guidelines set out in the Australian Standards 4373-2007 “Pruning of Amenity Trees”.

Why tree pruning is a healthier and safer alternative

Compared to Tree Lopping, Tree Pruning is a safer option for a number of reasons. Tree Pruning is designed to help a tree fight off diseases and pests. This technique is also undertaken to sustain and even prolong the life of a tree. AS with any other tree care service, Pruning requires the skills and knowledge of a professional.

A professional Arborist will assess your tree’s need for a pruning service based on its health, safety requirements and appearance. If the health of your tree is too poor an Arborist may even recommend removing your tree completely. A Tree Pruning service is what you should rely on if you’re looking to extend the life of your tree. It’s the go-to option for improving the health of your tree. Health benefits of Tree Pruning can include the following:

  • Encourages fruit production
  • Provides more aeration
  • Take control of pests and diseases
  • Enabling more sunlight for photosynthesis

With optimum tree health comes the added benefits of safety. The healthier a tree is, the less chance there is of tree branches becoming weak and falling off. Weak and brittle branches can fall off and cause extensive damage to backyard features including other trees and fences. Large and heavy branches can also fall off and at the very least, cause costly damage to your home or neighbouring properties.

Choosing the right tree pruning service

With so many professional tree care services out there it’s hard to know which one to pick. You can go off local recommendations and customer reviews. But sometimes you don’t always have that option. One way to pick a professional tree care service is to assess their credentials. Your arborist should be certified along with having insurance such as work cover and public liability.
Qualified arborists will follow the guidelines in Australian Standards 4373-2007 “Pruning of Amenity Trees”. There are many techniques involved with Tree Pruning and your Arborist should be well versed in all of them to provide an extensive service for you. These techniques include canopy thinning, crown reduction, dead-wooding, weight reduction and crown lifting.

Start taking better care of your trees today

Here at Daryl’s Tree Care, we offer a wide range of tree care services for all your needs. We understand how the health of your tree can affect your entire backyard. Our Tree Pruning Service can take care of all your concerns when it comes to the health and safety of your tree. All of our Arborists are certified,(or near) experienced and fully insured for the tasks they perform. Call us today on 9897 4418 or send an enquiry via our contact page to get a free quote on Tree Pruning in your backyard.