Tree lopping is the removal of selected branches of a tree for a specific purpose. Lopping may be done for a number of reasons, such as:
To improve the health of a tree by stimulating regrowth.
Lopping a tree is a little more aggressive than pruning as it involves removing large sections of a tree or removing branches at the stem, but contrary to some people’s beliefs, it is not harmful if done by a skilled arborist. In fact, lopping can drastically improve a tree’s health and longevity, as it may remove damaged, diseased or pest-infested limbs, decrease root damage and improve light filtration to the tree.
A professional arborist is able to determine which branches should be cut and how, so that the regrowth will optimise the health of the tree and prevent future problems.
To remove dangerous branches or reduce size and prevent disaster
You may not be able to see it with the unskilled eye, but mature trees that have developed damage, disease or hollowed out sections are at serious risk of breaking or falling at any time.
Likewise, a healthy tree overburdened with too many branches may be at risk of toppling over or dropping branches during windy weather.
If you’ve ever seen the aftermath of a fallen tree or large branches, you will probably have a good idea of why it’s so important to check trees that are growing around buildings, or anywhere else that may have people, pets, livestock or cars passing underneath.
Some unstable trees may require complete removal, but a skilled arborist will be able to determine whether lopping will improve a tree’s health and prevent tree related disasters.
To remove branches that are in danger of touching power lines or damaging guttering
It doesn’t take a genius to realise that trees and power lines don’t mix! If a tree’s branches are at risk of coming into contact with a power line, it is essential to have a trained professional handle the situation.
A skilled arborist will not only be able to remove the branches safely, but they will be able to remove them in a way that ensures the regrowth will not grow in the same dangerous direction or cause risk of fire.
Likewise, the removal of branches that are damaging guttering or buildings requires skills that will ensure regrowth won’t pose the same problem.
To improve the look of a tree, open up views and let light through
Trees are beautiful, but sometimes they can grow in a funny way and mature trees can look a bit scruffy over time.
Trees can also block out valuable sunlight or views. You may want to improve the general look of a tree, reduce its size or thin the branches out a bit and an arborist will be able to use their skills to shape the tree to your desire, as well as ensure that future growth will be aesthetic.
Many property sellers employ our services to ensure the trees on their property increase their overall sale value and they are almost always surprised at how much value this adds.
If you’re concerned about a hazardous or unsightly tree on your property, the trained arborists at Canberra tree lopping can analyse your situation and advise you of the best course of action to improve your safety, your property’s value and the tree’s health.