Tree Pruning Vs. Tree Lopping

Tree Pruning Vs. Tree Lopping

Many homeowners are confused by the distinction between tree lopping and tree pruning while caring for their garden trees. People frequently mix up the two phrases; while they are both connected to tree maintenance, the two services are very different and tree lopping can actually damage your trees. Read our blog to learn more.

Tree Lopping

Tree lopping is simply the removal of the top of a tree’s foliage, when the entire top of the tree is cut down to the growth points, leaving behind massive stubs and or little branches that must then try to shoot new growth, which will always have a week point, at the lopping point. Tipping, heading, hat-racking, and rounding over are other words for tree lopping/topping.
Tree lopping harms trees by causing weaker growth that cannot be corrected. There is a common belief that pruning a tree would accelerate growth. While certain tree species are more likely to recover from the impacts of tree lopping, this practice will necessitate the tree being re-lopped on a regular basis to prevent dangerous branches from falling.


• Lopping/Topping can result in Sunburn. Sunburn can cause a tree’s bark to break or, in worst-case scenarios, the death of certain branches.
• A tree’s leaves also offer nutrition, and removing them might temporarily starve the tree.
• When a branch is lopped, the tree produces additional shoots. Because these new shoots originate from buds near the surface of the lopped branches, they are weak and prone to breaking, which is undesirable in regions like ours with high winds and heavy rain.

Tree Pruning:

Depending on where the tree is placed and the future goal of its position, there are undoubtedly alternatives to tree lopping. A professional tree trimming service is a great option if you have a large tree at home and need to lower its lateral weight and thin it out rather than just its height to lessen the risk. Correctly pruning your tree not only protects its health and future growth, but also reduces the hazards of poor growth, potential property damage, and human harm in the future.
Diseased or damaged branches are just extra weight on a tree and should be removed to maintain the tree’s health and stimulate development. When trimming a tree, pay particular attention to any branches that are growing inward, as well as crossing branches that might move in the wind, generating friction and breaking off.


• Encourages fresh growth
• Increases fruit production and protects against tree illnesses
• To increase safety, hazardous branches are removed.
• Enhances the appearance of the landscape and does repair work after weather damage

Urban Tree Services

As previously said, hiring a professional tree firm for maintenance ensures that all bases are covered. Urban Tree Services, as leading professionals in tree pruning, transforms the outdoor spaces of houses in Wellington, and the surrounding region.

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