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I really like how shady our yard is, but I'm not so excited about cleaning up everything that drops off the trees. I can't pick the fruit from the very top of the trees, so it rots and falls to the ground, and then it attracts mice and birds unless I clean it up straight away. I'm getting the trees all lopped back so I can get a break from all the cleaning up all this fallen fruit. This blog is all about how to get your backyard fruit trees lopped so that you don't have to clean up as much fallen fruit.


Lopping back the trees

Tree Lopping: Top Four Reasons You Shouldn't Do It Yourself

Kenneth Kim

Your trees need pruning, and you want to save a few dollars by doing it yourself. Unfortunately, tree lopping can be expensive as well as dangerous, and to be on the safe side, you should leave the task to the pros.

Here's the top four reasons, you should hire a professional tree lopper rather than doing it yourself:

1. Chainsaws can be deadly

A chainsaw is an essential tool for tree lopping, but unfortunately, these powerful tools can be extremely dangerous as well. If you aren't standing on the ground or a level surface with both feet planted firmly, the force of a chainsaw can pull you over.

In addition, if you don't notice that your blades have gone dull, the chainsaw requires more force to cut, and as a result it can kick back causing you to fall and injure yourself.

A professional tree lopper, in contrast, works with chainsaws everyday. They have the lifts and harnesses they need to ensure firm, safe footings, and as a general rules, these tradesmen sharpen their saws regularly.

2. Lack of precision can damage people or property

In addition to the personal safety risks you take when you attempt to do your own tree lopping, you also risk injuring other people or property. A professional tree lopper understands the angles he needs to use so that the tree branches fall into the desired spot. If you're a novice to the task, however, your branches may not fall where you want them to.

Falling branches can damage your home or hurt other people. In fact, a large falling branch can smash a car and injure the people inside, causing personal and property damage at the same time.

3. Inexpert pruning can kill trees

Almost anyone can cut down a tree, but if you want to save the tree, you need an experienced expert. Tree loppers have worked closely with trees through the years. They understand how to find a balance between trimming the tree to safe and convenient levels and allowing the tree to continue to thrive.

4. Renting equipment drives up the cost of DIY tree lopping

In addition to being dangerous, DIY tree lopping can also be expensive. If you have to rent equipment, you have to pay hire fees as well as possible extra costs such as fuel fees, trailer rentals to get the equipment to your property, and extra hourly fees if your project runs over schedule. In addition, you have to figure out what to do with the tree. You may have to hire a mulcher or a skip so that you can dispose of it.

In contrast, if you hire a tree lopper, you pay one all-in cost, and the tree lopper provides everything you need.