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Tree Lopping Definitions: Removal v Lopping v Pruning, a Complete Guide

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A lot of the time these terms are seen as interchangeable, but when you think about it there are obviously big differences. Tree loppers seems to be an all-inclusive description of some type of tree resizing by qualified arborists, but in reality, lopping is different from pruning which are both obviously different from complete tree removal. Let’s take a look at their definitions.

Tree Removal: Definition

Tree removal means cutting down the whole tree, taking it away and usually grinding the stump into chippings so the ground can be reclaimed. Tree removal (sometimes called felling) should only ever be undertaken by qualified professionals, not only from a safety point of view as it can be quite dangerous, but from a legal standpoint too. There are rules and various local laws that need to be adhered to as well as gaining permission and insurance if a neighbour’s property is nearby. Removing a large tree completely is not a simple process and should only ever be undertaken by a qualified arborist.

Tree Lopping: Definition

Tree lopping is often confused with tree pruning (which it can overlap with) and its the removal of some or all of the main branches to reshape or usually reduce the size of a tree. Lopping can also be used to help save a dying tree by removing the sick branches to stop disease or infection from spreading.

Lopping also helps rebalance a leaning tree and can stop damage to nearby property or cables by the trees continued growth. There are many different ways to lop a tree and knowing where, when and how to safely make sure the branches don’t cause harm is a serious art that should only be attempted by qualified arborists.

Tree Pruning: Definition

Similar to the above but really depends on the size of the branches (hence the confusion or the same meaning depending on who you talk to). Pruning when regarding bushes or shrubs is nearly always the smaller younger fresher branches (offshoots, sprigs or shoots). On larger trees that don’t have thick branches, these can often be very long and spindly. They may sometimes grow fast (usually upwards) and can block light, sight and also communication signals. Again, knowing where, when and how to prune is very important. It can often be done from the ground with the right tools and is usually less dangerous. When done by a qualified arborist the tree won’t grow erratically or be left with an unnatural shape possibly causing the tree to grow in an unnatural way. Pruning can be done by homeowners with some good knowledge and the right tools by those with a little experience, but if in doubt – don’t hesitate to consult the experts.