When to Lop Trees
When you need some tree services done, a lot of people will tell you that tree pruning is often the best way to go. This is because during pruning trees will have their branches cut that pose a threat to the health of the overall tree. People get their trees pruned when they need to get rid of branches that are dead or decaying, branches that are rubbing against each other and need to be cut because of damage they cause to the tree, and even co dominant branches that end up weakening the tree.
Pruning will get rid of these branches and control the damage. On the other hand, lopping trees is to cut the branches indiscriminately in a way that branches are cut back to a stub in a way that they will not grow forward. This is a much more drastic measure to be taken and many people try not to do this. However, as all things have a purpose, there are a few situations in which you might want to get tree lopping by a qualified arborist done instead of getting the tree pruned.
One of the most common reasons lopping is used is to prevent the trees branches from hitting other things. Trees that have grown too big will have its branches creeping in towards the walls of a house, on to other people’s property, and even come close to power lines. All three of these can be bad and cause a lot of damage. In this situation pruning the branches will just cause other branches to move ahead, but lopping them will prevent growth in that certain direction. If the branches hit your house or someone else’s it could cause a lot of property damage, and the electrical lines can cause a fire to start.