Safe, Injury-Free Tree Maintenance: Tips for DIY Work

Welcome to my blog. My name is Kerry, and I love to do DIY work around the home. While painting high ceilings and putting in garden beds seems to be easy for me, I find climbing into a tree with a saw to trim branches very scary and potentially dangerous. Luckily, over the years, I have gotten past the fear and have found ways to service my trees safely and efficiently without risking grave injury to myself. Sometimes, I admit that I have to call in the pros, but I'll help you identify when that's a necessity as well. Take a look at these posts. I hope they move, entertain and inform you.

Simple Lopping Guidelines for Different Tree Groups


Proper maintenance of trees growing in your residential property is essential. The practice will preserve the aesthetics of the landscape, and it will limit the potential falling hazards linked to uncontrolled growth. One of the important maintenance tasks that you must carry out periodically is tree lopping. The process involves trimming and clearing away parts of the tree including the branches, limbs and even the trunk. This will allow you to shape the tree to enhance appeal, remove damaged sections and promote proper growth with regard to size. Here are some lopping guidelines for common tree groups.

Young Trees

Most young trees will grow in a feathered pattern, with an upright trunk and horizontal branches along this main structure. If you are planning on lopping such a young tree, you will first need to inspect the growth pattern. You should take note of shoots growing at undesirable angles and extra limbs shooting from the top section of the trunk. Remove these growths to promote visually pleasing development, without crowding or awkward spreading. In addition, basal and secondary shoots growing from and around the bottom of the truck should be removed. These will unnecessarily deprive the main plant of precious nutrients and water.

Ornamental Trees

An ornamental tree is planted to increase the visual appeal of the residential property. This category of tree can be valued for the decorative value of bark, leaves and even flowers. Unfortunately, the aesthetics of the tree can be easily compromised if the branches are overgrown or the main trunk grows too tall. The exact techniques which are used in lopping ornamental trees will depend on the exact species. For example, the top parts and branches of eucalyptus and lime trees should be cut off periodically. This encourages controlled growth and helps the trees maintain a compact size.


Conifers are popular because they are easy to grow, and they do not require extensive maintenance. The category encompasses a wide range of plants including the cypress, fir, cedar, pines and even the redwood. You will need to carry out lopping to remove any damaged, distorted or diseased parts of the tree. In addition, you should take note of a tree that forms two branches at a single point. Identify the strongest and healthiest one and cut off the other to eliminate competition. In addition, you should eliminate limbs with significant anomalies.

It is advisable to engage a specialist tree service company, such as Colourful Tree Lopping, for lopping expertise to limit the risk of permanent tree damage.


29 September 2015