The Five Dangerous Tree Lopping Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

By August 22, 2017Tree Lopping
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Tree lopping is a term that is often misused to refer to cutting branches, pruning, removing trees or reducing the tree size. In the true sense of the word, tree lopping Newcastle usually means removing the main stem of a tree or the entire top half. An arborist worth his credentials would not be willing to perform this service for a number of reasons.

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1: It’s a Temporary Fix for Aesthetic Reasons
Tree lopping seems like a good solution for a tree that has grown too big for the yard. Once the tree is lopped however, wild growth begins at the stubs and it’s only a short time before you have wild, unsightly growth.
A good way to avoid this problem is get the tree removed entirely by a trained arborist.

2: Tree Lopping is A Safety Hazard
Once a tree is lopped, its natural mechanism is to grow new shoots at the point of cutting. A normal branch is linked to the tree at the socket by overlapping in the tree’s tissue. The new growth on a lopped tree is only attached to the exterior layer of the tree.

This weak anchoring makes the new branches incredibly unstable and susceptible to breaking and falling especially in windy conditions. A solution to this problem is to hire an arborist to find a better alternative such as pruning if you are interested in getting rid of weak or unproductive branches.

3: Potential Tree Decay
A healthy tree is equipped with a mechanism to naturally close wounds such as at the point where it is pruned. Tree lopping Newcastle creates large wounds at the lateral branches which most trees are incapable of closing.
Add multiple wounds to the problem and healthy wood tissue is exposed to decay. This decay soon spreads through the branches to the main tree and eventually causes the entire tree to die.

Again, a less dramatic alternative such as canopy thinning by a trained arborist can help to avoid this problem.

4: Exposes Tree to Sunburn
One important function of leaves is to protect the tree from constant assault from the sun by absorbing most of the light and heat. Tree lopping Newcastle dramatically reduces the number of leaves and suddenly exposes the tree to the full glare of the sun. This exposure can quickly lead to bark splitting, cankers and even kill off branches.
It is only a matter of time before the entire tree dies in this case. Again, canopy thinning is an equally effective alternative if you are concerned about your trees blocking light or obscuring views.

5: Dangerous Activity
Finally, there is always the risk of falling from a great height when attempting to perform DIY tree lopping Newcastle. Few amateurs have the tree climbing skills and safety equipment of a professional. Considering how ineffective this method is in the first place, there is no reason to risk injury and death. An arborist would be better equipped to handle the tree issue without compromising your safety and that of the tree.

Tree lopping Newcastle is an outdated, ineffective and dangerous activity that has no place on your property. Fortunately, a certified arborist can inspect your trees, listen to your concerns and come up with the best solution for your tree issues.

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