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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

2 Things You Might Need To Talk To Your Arborist About Before They Remove Your Tree

Kenneth Kim

Here are two things you might need to talk to your arborist about before they remove your tree.

Whether or not you need them to avoid a specific area of your garden when felling the tree

As the arborist cuts off the branches and then sliced through the trunk, these components of the tree will land on the ground. Arborists are skilled at cutting the branches and the trunk in a way that will result in them falling in a specific area. As such, if you'd like them to remove the tree in a way that will reduce the chances of its components landing on a certain part of your garden, they might be able to accommodate you, provided that there are other nearby areas where it would be safe for the trunk and branches to land.

You might want to do this if, for example, you've just recently laid new turf on your lawn and you're concerned that this turf (which has not yet fully taken root) might die if lots of heavy branches or a hefty tree trunk lands on it. Similarly, you might want to make this request if you have an awning near the tree that's being removed.

It is important to note, however, that even if the arborist is highly skilled and can determine the area on which the trunk will fall after they've cut it, other factors, such as a sudden change in the direction of the wind, could end up determining the exact spot on which the trunk lands.

Whether you'd like them to remove the tree's stump

Tree removals do not usually involve the removal of the stumps; instead, the stumps are often left behind, as they don't cause the issues that trees do, that result in them needing to be removed (such as casting too much shade on the surrounding area, dropping dead leaves on the ground and etc.).

If you'd like your tree's stump to be removed after the tree itself has been felled, you should not wait until the day of the tree removal appointment to tell the arborist this, but should instead make this request when you're booking the removal of the tree. The reason for this is that a tree stump and the extremely long roots that keep it place in the soil often require the use of specialist equipment (such as a stump grinder) to remove, and can add several hours to this task.