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Tree Maintenance Vs Tree Lopping

Posted on 26 September 2018 by Willie Felice (0)

Lopped trees are dangerous and unsightly. If you are considering having one of your trees lopped, please review the information on this page first. The information here could save you having to go to court as well as money and time. Tree lopping is when branches or stems are cut down into unattractive stubs.

Why Tree Lopping Should Be Avoided

  • The risk for serious injury and maybe even death is increased for anyone walking, living or working near a tree that has been lopped.
  • Masses of shoots are produced by lopped trees. They do not attach well to the branches and stems that are remaining. The reason they do not attach well is because the new growth forms from the buds close to the surface of old branches. With normal branches, the growth forms in a socket of wood tissue that overlaps.
  • You might get sued. Lopping is not considered to be an acceptable form of pruning. If a lopped tree of yours causes death or injury, you might be headed to court.
  • A lopped tree is just a ticking time bomb. Each time the wind starts to blow there is a risk that a falling branch could injure someone. This is a good enough reason to avoid lopping trees. Also, since it isn’t an acceptable form of pruning, you could be held liable for damages or injuries to property or people. (see Australian Standard AS 4373-2007).
  • It isn’t a permanent solution. Rather, this temporary measure requires work that is ongoing. Once a tree has been lopped, it will need to be done again every couple of years to remove regrowth that is unstable. Remediation costs for lopped trees are expensive. Also, remediation is sometimes not feasible.
  • Masses of anaesthetic and vigorous regrowth are generated by lopped trees.
  • Lopping a tree puts it under a lot of stress. It doesn’t have large masses of foliage any longer for creating food and energy through photosynthesis. This often causes a tree to generate a huge amount of unstable, vigorous regrowth which is referred to as epicormic growth. This is frequently hard to manage. If there is insufficient stored energy reserves for generating regrowth, the tree could end up dying.

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Serious problems are created by the large wounds:

  • Tree lopping causes large wounds. They introduce pathogenic organisms and decay. Lopping may also cause trees to sunburn. This frequently results in branch failure, bark splitting, cankers developing or death.
  • If leaves are cluttering up the gutters or the tree is too tall, you may think your problem can be solved by tree lopping. However, this unfortunately just creates different kinds of problems for you.
  • Your property might suffer heavy devaluation.
  • Trees that are flourishing and healthy can add to a property’s value by an additional 10-20%. However, because lopped trees are see as an ongoing expense, they can cause your property to be devalued.
  • Lopping could ruin your property’s ambiance.
  • Trees treated this way, with their disfigured forms, maimed branches, unsightly stubs and open wounds are not welcoming and warm like healthy trees are. The beauty of a tree is very powerful and lifts people’s moods and draws them in. However, the opposite effect is created by lopped trees.

Consider lopping alternatives to save your trees as well as your money.

There are usually alternative ways to manage trees that:

  • Don’t create safety hazards
  • Use approved techniques
  • Maintain a tree’s natural beauty
  • Maintain a tree’s natural form

Slash Me Silly a local tree removals service will usually be happy to provide you with free advice about lopping alternative in addition to offering you an obligation-free quote.