Lopping is the process of indiscriminately cutting stems and branches from plants and trees. The purpose is to control the size and shape of the plant, particularly for those with fast-growing stems and branches. This process should be done only by professional tree loppers. If you’re looking for an expert in the field, here are a few things to look for:
Licensure and Education
Lopping should only be done by a certified arborist. However, there are a lot of service providers nowadays who call themselves arborists without having the certification or training. This is why it’s important to ensure that the person you hire has the right qualifications.
Professional tree loppers will need a certain amount of on the job training before they qualify for a license. They also need to study arboriculture. They can only get a license when they complete both physical and theoretical training. If the arborist cannot present you with any type of licensure or certificate, it should be a red flag.
Experience is one of the most important aspects of lopping trees. With a just a single assessment, experienced arborists can already know if a tree really needs lopping, or if it just needs basic pruning. Like any other field or industry, expertise is always gained through experience.
Pollarding or Hedging
Some arborists may specialise in specific fields. Whilst lopping is a specialisation, it may also have a further concentration in the different types of lopping.
- Pollarding – Pollarding is the process where the arborist will indiscriminately cut the branches of a young tree. This is done in order to control the shape of the stems and branches. It also ensures that the stems and branches are of a certain thickness and length. This is only done to very young trees and must never be performed on adult trees.
- Hedging – This is one of the most popular services from tree loppers. Most people don’t even realise that it’s a form of tree lopping. It’s the shaping of bushes, trees or other plants in order to achieve a visually pleasing aesthetic.
For more information on Adelaide tree loppers, consult Adelaide Arborists.