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Tree Lopping vs Tree Pruning

What is the difference between tree lopping and tree pruning?

When caring for the trees in their garden, many homeowners are left wondering what the difference between tree lopping and tree pruning is. People often confuse the two terms – while they are both related to tree maintenance, they are different methods required for separate reasons. These main differences are as follows:

  • Lopping is the trimming of tree branches to reduce and modify the size of the tree
  • Pruning helps to protect trees against disease to aid health for a long life

Pruning

Diseased or damaged branches are just extra weight on a tree and should be removed to preserve the health of the tree and encourage growth. When pruning a tree, it’s important to pay close attention to any branches growing inward, as well as crossing branches which can move in the wind, creating friction and causing them to break off.

Compared with tree lopping, which can involve the removal of sizeable tree branches, pruning also tends to cover more minor work, such as shearing water sprouts and small branches.

Trimming a Tall Tree

As discussed in one of our previous articles, pruning trees:

  • Stimulates new growth
  • Enhances fruit production
  • Protects against tree related diseases
  • Removes dangerous branches to improve safety
  • Improves the look of garden
  • Provides remedial work following weather damage

When it comes to the different pruning techniques, the following methods are often used to maintain mature trees:

These three methods are performed on different areas of the tree for a variety of reasons, such as removing dangerous deadwood and allowing light to travel through the crown. You can read more about this by looking at this blog post.

Lopping

Tree lopping is used to modify the shape of the tree through the careful cutting of branches to train growth in a certain direction. It focuses on removing damaged sections of a tree that no longer grow to encourage new growth and longevity.

Artemis Tree Services trimming the branches of a tree

Enlisting the help of an experienced tree lopper will ensure the structure of the tree is looked after through specialist techniques so the beauty of the tree isn’t impacted. While lopping a tree can enhance its overall appearance, there are some instances where this should be avoided as removing too many leaves can limit access to much-needed nutrients and weaken the tree. In turn, this can open the tree up to diseases and parasites.

What should I consider when tree pruning or tree lopping?

When it comes to carrying out any tree maintenance, safety is paramount. Hiring an experienced, reputable arborist will ensure all work is carried out in line with the relevant regulations for complete safety. Not only will this approach aid growth and protect against tree related diseases, but it will also safeguard your property and others surrounding you while the procedure is in operation.

Another important consideration is the legal side of tree maintenance, so it’s imperative to seek advice for the laws surrounding the trees on your property prior to any major work. Take a look at our article covering the laws around trees on your property to find out more.

Artemis Tree Services

As mentioned, calling upon the expertise of an accredited tree company for your maintenance needs ensures all bases are covered. As leading specialists in tree cutting, pruning and lopping, here at Artemis Tree Services we transform the outdoor areas of properties throughout Rickmansworth, Watford and the wider London area with our services.

For quality workmanship, competitive prices and excellent customer service, contact us today.

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Caroline Bossowska

Friendly and polite service provided. Professional attention to tree shaping greatly appreciated. Thorough and considerate. Would highly recommend.... Friendly and polite service provided. Professional attention to tree shaping greatly appreciated. Thorough and considerate. Would highly recommend.

3 days ago

David "F"

Excelent service from start to finish.We had 23 conifer hedge trees removed and stumps ground out.It took a day & a half to complete by a team of 4,who were very professional and friendly. As we h... Excelent service from start to finish.We had 23 conifer hedge trees removed and stumps ground out.It took a day & a half to complete by a team of 4,who were very professional and friendly. As we have no side access they carried everything through the kitchen and hallway, without any damage whatsoever. I would not hesitate to recommend or use Artemis again.

3 days ago

Jeffrey Gibbins

To portray the location of this multitrunked conifer tree, it had been planted as an ornament in a rockery yet over the years it had grown to a very large ten trunk tree. It was situated sandwiched ti... To portray the location of this multitrunked conifer tree, it had been planted as an ornament in a rockery yet over the years it had grown to a very large ten trunk tree. It was situated sandwiched tightly between my garage that has a fragile and easily breakable roof, a summerhouse having a flimsy timber roof and the garden timber fence, both also easily damaged. The tree felling gang of two men very carefully cut down the tree trunk by trunk and lowered the cut lengths to ground level without any damage whatsoever to the surrounding obstacles. All the tradesmen who carried out two operations, were very pleasant to deal with and I have nothing but praise for the couple of teams Artemis sent to fell the large conifer and secondly to grind out the trunk to ground level, the guys were all very polite and professional, they were a pleasure to work with as I just made the tea and drinks and provide some beverages for them. I am more than pleased with the work they carefully carried out in my garden, thank you. Many thanks for all of Artemis Tree Services help, I shall have no hesitation to recommend your company for tree work as I may be asked in the future.

6 days ago

Anonymous

This is the second time we have used Artemis and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough. The three guys who came to our house were brilliant. Professional, friendly and most importantly did a ... This is the second time we have used Artemis and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough. The three guys who came to our house were brilliant. Professional, friendly and most importantly did a fantastic job. The price was realistic and value for the amount of work required….. Five star everything - thank you.

1 week ago

PaulH

This is the second time we've instructed Artemis Tree Services to work at our house. Their administration and attention to detail is excellent and their team on the day were very professional. W... This is the second time we've instructed Artemis Tree Services to work at our house. Their administration and attention to detail is excellent and their team on the day were very professional. Will definitely use them again.

2 weeks ago

Geeta Jethwa

We were very happy with Artemis . The job involved trimming of Leylandiii trees in the rear garden. We obtained a good quote for the work.Artemis attended prompty and work was done to our satisfacti... We were very happy with Artemis . The job involved trimming of Leylandiii trees in the rear garden. We obtained a good quote for the work.Artemis attended prompty and work was done to our satisfaction.Only issue was one of protecting our carpets, a wider covering would have been more Appropriate. We would recommend this company.

2 weeks ago

Anonymous

We've used Artemis before as was v happy with their service. Again, this 2nd job excellent service. Polite workers did the job in a clean and professional manner. Very happy thank you Artemis!... We've used Artemis before as was v happy with their service. Again, this 2nd job excellent service. Polite workers did the job in a clean and professional manner. Very happy thank you Artemis!

2 weeks ago

Anonymous

Excellent service friendly staff and very good work. Highly recommend...

3 weeks ago

Roger Jones

Excellent service from Artemis from the initial contact to the completion of the work, The two people who actual did the tree work were both excellent. They were extremely professional, courteous and ... Excellent service from Artemis from the initial contact to the completion of the work, The two people who actual did the tree work were both excellent. They were extremely professional, courteous and helpful, They did an outstanding job and left the site very clean and tidy. Would unreservedly recommend this company.

3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Excellent organisation, service and execution of the work. Friendly staff too - who left it all clean and tidy!...

3 weeks ago

Donald Mercado

Artemis we’re very good & professional at their job so pleased I had the job done Many thanks...

3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Brilliant service from guys who know their stuff. Everything cleaned up following a lot of hedge and tree crowning. Highly recommend this company....

1 month ago

Anonymous

We have used Artemis on a number of occasions and always found their service to be quick, friendly and efficient. All staff we have encountered from those in the administration office to those who ca... We have used Artemis on a number of occasions and always found their service to be quick, friendly and efficient. All staff we have encountered from those in the administration office to those who came to carry out the work have been professional and competent and we've never had any issue with any aspect of their service. Excellent company.

1 month ago

Anthony

A very efficient, courteous and accomodating couple of workers. We were pleased with the result...

1 month ago

Ann Nelmes

Did a great job and the tree looks so much better. nice polite workers. protected the neighbours shed well whilst working. a little greenery left behind which I needed to clear. before and after ph... Did a great job and the tree looks so much better. nice polite workers. protected the neighbours shed well whilst working. a little greenery left behind which I needed to clear. before and after photo attached.

1 month ago

Anonymous

Very good company. I had two dead cherry trees to take down. Clear well specified quotation, good communication with helpful office. Work done to a good quality by pleasant and well trained guys. W... Very good company. I had two dead cherry trees to take down. Clear well specified quotation, good communication with helpful office. Work done to a good quality by pleasant and well trained guys. Will use Artemis next time.

1 month ago

Annabel Radville

Phoned to say they would be early, did everything we wanted professionally, cleared everything away leaving the garden neat and tidy and were extremely pleasant and polite lads who knew what they were... Phoned to say they would be early, did everything we wanted professionally, cleared everything away leaving the garden neat and tidy and were extremely pleasant and polite lads who knew what they were talking about. Worth the money. We've used Artemis before and will use you again. Have recommended Artemis to others.

2 months ago

Neil - Chalfont St Giles

Excellent service in every respect, from first contact to payment of the invoice. We are delighted with the crown reduction on our cherry tree and will definitely use Artemis for any future tree work.... Excellent service in every respect, from first contact to payment of the invoice. We are delighted with the crown reduction on our cherry tree and will definitely use Artemis for any future tree work. Highly recommended.

2 months ago

Rob

Professional from to from start with constant communication and fast and friendly team who undertook the work leaving the garden spotless of any debris... Professional from to from start with constant communication and fast and friendly team who undertook the work leaving the garden spotless of any debris

2 months ago

Alan

We were very impressed not only with the overall experience of dealing with our request, but also with the two man crew who attended. They were both very courteous, worked hard and efficiently. They ... We were very impressed not only with the overall experience of dealing with our request, but also with the two man crew who attended. They were both very courteous, worked hard and efficiently. They also cleared everything away afterwards. We are very pleased with the result.

2 months ago

Anonymous

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