Tree Pruning

Stop before you ‘Lop’ ! – a tree lopper is not a trained arborist!

Don’t give your healthy tree a death sentence.

Lopping is not good for trees or for people who own or manage them.

Lopping is the cutting of stems or branches to ‘Stubs’ or to lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role.

Lopping often places a tree under significant amounts of stress and creates many more problems than it solves. Lopping often removes between 40-100% of the trees canopy. As the foliage is essential for food production, the loss of this foliage triggers a shock response for new growth, aiding in combating the massive amounts of stress that the tree suffers.

This new foliar growth is termed ‘epicormic ‘or ‘reaction growth’. The tree needs to produce this epicormic growth as soon as possible in order to produce enough food to survive.

If a tree does not have enough stored energy reserves to carry out this function, it may die.

Trees in such situations that are stressed are vulnerable to insect and disease infestations, while large, open lopped wounds expose the wood to decay fungi.

Trees that have been lopped can also be prone to sunburn. When large volumes of foliage are removed the remaining trunk and branches are suddenly exposed to increased levels of heat and light. The result of this is that theses stems are prone  to all sorts of ailments  or even death of the stems.

Lopping can create hazards

The epicormic shoots develop from buds near the surface or outer layer of the old branches, (unlike normal branch development which are derived from overlapping wood tissues from within the trunks). These branches often grow 2 -3 times faster than normal growth rates and are generally prone to failure especially during windy conditions.

Lopping is expensive

Not only does lopping destroy a trees beautiful architecture- making it ugly, it can increase the ongoing costs associated with the maintenance of the tree. Epicormic branches will require pruning or removal to reduce the risk of failure, and branches with decay ingress will require corrective pruning. Lopped trees can be hazardous and prone to failure, if a lopped tree or part of a tree fails and causes damage to person or property the owner may be found negligent in the court of law costing the owners lots of unnecessary time and money.

Also an ugly ‘lopped’ tree may decrease the value of your property. Healthy well maintained trees can add 10–20% to the value of a property. Unsightly, disfigured trees can be viewed by potential purchases as an impending or ongoing expense.

There are recommended techniques for performing tree pruning. This is detailed in the Australian Standard ‘A.S.4373-2007 Pruning of Amenity Trees’

All BBTS staff are compliant with this standard and we aim to deliver the best pruning service in the area. We want to save you money and heart ache, and believe in doing the work properly the first time, every time.

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