Lopping back the trees
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Lopping back the trees

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

Should You Manage Your Own Tree Removal?

Kenneth Kim

Removing a tree and even pruning some dead branches is not always as easy as you might assume; a tree trunk can actually collapse onto itself rather than gentling falling in one direction when cut, or it might fall faster than you expect. This can be unsafe for you and for your property. There are also a number of other factors to consider when it comes to tree removal, which might make the job a bit harder for you than you realize. Note a few of those factors here so you can decide if it's better to call a professional service for getting this done on your property.

Is the tree diseased?

If you need to trim a few branches because they're growing over a neighbor's property, you might be able to do this on your own without a problem, but if the tree is diseased or the branches are dead, the job is better left to a professional. For one thing, a diseased tree may be hollow on the inside, and once you start to cut branches or the trunk, the area being cut might just start to crumble downward. This can be very dangerous, even with smaller trees.

Diseased wood also needs to be disposed of properly; you cannot use it for firewood or otherwise burn it on your property, as this can release toxins into the area. If you decide to just store the wood on your property or use a chipper and create mulch with the wood, you might see other trees or areas of your property become infested with the same disease. For any tree that is diseased or for dead branches that need removing, a professional service is the best option.

Where's the tree or branches located?

A tree out in a remote area of your property might be able to fall in any direction without causing damage to property, but if the tree is anywhere near your home, a garage or any other outbuilding, or hanging over a neighbor's property, you want to have it removed by a professional. As said, trees can fall in any direction and branches can also bounce off other branches when cut and even off the ground when they hit. Trying to cut around power lines or other such cables can also be more complicated than you realize; one small connection with them can mean being electrocuted or causing damage to the lines for which you're financially responsible. In these cases, have a professional manage the job safely.