Smart Strategies for Tree Planting, Trimming and Maintenance

My name is Georgia, and I love to write. As an avid gardener, I have spent hours writing about gardening, but in this space, I wanted to turn my attention to trees in particular. I recently added a number of fruit trees to my garden, and I have old oaks in front of my house which have suffered and survived through a range of mishaps. If you want to learn ideas for taking better care of your trees, you have stumbled onto the right blog. Welcome to this space, please explore and share this blog with your friends if they inspire you.

Basic Facts about Tree Lopping


Tree lopping involves trimming different parts of a tree. Many people use tree lopping for safety reasons and to improve the appearance of their home landscape. If you want to pursue tree lopping services, read on to understand what tree lopping is all about.

Forms of Tree Lopping

The first type of tree lopping involves the removal of the whole tree. Removing a tree from its position may be done for safety, to make way for the development of a new tree or because the tree being removed is dead. When tree loppers, also called arborists, are removing an entire tree from its position, they use climbing spurs to climb the tree and pulleys and ropes for removal of the tree.

Tree lopping also involves pruning. This may include the removal of dead branches and thinning the canopy of a tree to improve lighting by removing branches that are blocking sunlight. This form of tree loping may also be done to modify the shape of a tree or shorten its height to give it a shape that complements the landscape of your home. It can also be used to get rid of branches that are growing close to your home, a power line, light post or any growth that poses a great risk. In this type of tree lopping, the arborists use ropes and special harnesses to climb to different parts of the tree.

Tree Lopping Precautions

The practice of tree lopping promotes the growth of small growth shoots also known as epicormic growth. Studies have shown that when these epicormic limbs develop, they are poorly linked to the mother tree. When there are many such poor attachments, there is a great risk of the limbs dropping unexpectedly.

Australian standards and arboricultural practice specify that tree lopping be done in accordance with certain pruning methodology to reduce the risk of property damage and injury caused by poor pruning. All councils in Sydney have a TPO, also known as a tree preservation order. TPOs outline what tree lopping practices are allowed or restricted in a specific council or jurisdiction. A breach of the regulations of a TPO can result in substantial fines to the contractor and home owner. It is therefore advisable to hire a professional tree lopping service that is familiar with the TPO of your particular jurisdiction.

A reliable tree lopping service is insured and a member of industry organizations like the AA (Arboriculture Australia) and TCAA (Tree Contractors Association of Australia).


25 January 2016