Tree lopping and tree topping are among the few maintenance practices that tree arborists often advise against. However, certain situations often necessitate the use of these maintenance practices. These situations include the following. 

Facilitate tree growth

Lopping involves cutting certain branches to ensure that the tree grows in the desired direction. However, before you pick up your tools or chainsaw to cut the branches, you need to engage an experienced tree lopper. The tree lopper will evaluate your tree and recommend whether tree lopping is a viable option.

In some instances, tree lopping isn't recommended as it involves cutting down healthy branches with leaves which deprives the tree of much-needed nutrients. You'll also need a specialist to ensure that you maintain the tree's structural integrity to facilitate growth.

Aesthetic reasons

When trees are left unattended for too long, the branches tend to grow haphazardly. The branches and leaves form a canopy, thus blocking sunlight and rain from reaching the ground.

Lopping several branches could help improve the appearance of your tree and landscape. If the tree is blocking sunlight to your house, lopping it would remove the branches that obstruct your view.

Prevent accidents and property safety

If your trees are close to power lines, it's advisable that you lop these branches. The same applies if the branches are near your roof and could cause damage if they fell off. Consult a tree lopping expert before you try to lop any branch as some trees will suffer once branches are removed.

A tree that is dead or has infested branches could fall and hit you, your family or your house. This will result in injuries or damage to your property. In such scenarios, lopping the branches will help prevent the injuries and damage to property while fostering proper growth.

Is lopping better than pruning and tree removal?

Each of these options is ideal for specific situations; thus, you should consult a professional who will help you make the best decision for your trees and landscape. In situations where the tree is growing close to your house or power line, tree lopping will help reduce the risk of accidents.

Trimming tends to cover the removal of small branches; it's easier to perform but still requires professional help to ensure that it doesn't stunt the growth of the tree.

Tree removal should be considered as the last course of action when all other alternatives are not viable. Reach out to a tree service for more information.