Tree lopping tips for the DIY gardener

There are any number or combination of reason why tree lopping is necessary. Some of the scenarios for tree lopping may include: Damage caused by powerful wind gusts, making the limbs unsafe; diseased limbs or limbs that appear to be unhealthy to help extend the health and life of the tree; overcrowded tree growth causing cross over branches, causing possible damage when rubbing with each other during wind gusts or possibly enabling disease to form; or, an overgrown tree inhibiting light from reaching bushes and flora, or from letting light into the home.


Regardless of the problem which needs resolved, tree lopping in Perth is accomplished in the same manner as it would be in most areas of the world that have a seasonal shift between winter and summer. Sometimes it is necessary to seek out a specialist tree surgeon or an arborist to provide the correct advice and maybe the labour as well, when tree lopping is necessary. These experts will have the knowledge coupled with years of practical experience, as well as the safety gear, proper tools, and even the necessary insurance coverage should anything go array. However, for the homeowner who would rather take the DIY route, here are a few tips to follow.

1. Study the topic:

It is important to know when to trim, how to trim, and what tools to use because getting it wrong can have adverse effects. Consider fruit trees that are typically smaller sized and are often in need of trimming by the DIY gardener. A fruit tree trimmed wrong or at the incorrect time of the year can cause the loss of fruit production. Explore the topic of tree lopping and once comfortable with the topic it is time to consider the proper tools for the job. The task will be much easier and safer when suitable tools are at hand.

2. Choosing Tree Lopping Tools:

One of the most common and most simple of the tools in the arsenal of any gardener is the hand pruner. These can be used to trim a shrubby plant and are ideal for cuts done on twigs that are no greater than a couple of centimetres thick. They are used either as an anvil blade or with a cross over scissor motion and should only be used for lopping at just over eye level or lower.

For branches that are above the head of the DIY gardener, the long handled tree lopper is a required tool. This tool replaces the dangerous method of climbing a ladder and using a saw. If the latter is used, it is imperative that the DIY gardener follows all the highly recommended safety guidelines and makes use of a hand tool rather than a chainsaw. It is very difficult to maintain balance on a ladder when using such power equipment. The long handled tree lopper draws on a trigger handgrip, which powers the cutting blades at the end of the tool. There are also powered pole pruners with telescopic extension functions as well as with fixed heights.

Alex Christo is blogger who writes for quite a few different topics that all fall under his interests and knowledge, such as Gardening, fishing, music and technology, travel amongst others. Currently residing in Thailand he is travelling and gaining new experiences from the world.