Two of the Most Common Types of Tree Surgery Procedures: Cutting & Lopping

Although not quite as medically inclined as human surgery; the fact that tree lopping and cutting techniques are still considered some of the most advanced procedures on the planet should demonstrate just how involved they are. Trees, like all organic beings, are well-known for reaching jaw dropping heights – and although in most cases this can be a great asset; it won’t always be the case.

Trees, bushes and plants in gardens will typically need to be maintained and depending on the species of flora in question, the frequency of this maintenance can differ.

If you consider birch trees for example, these will typically need to be trimmed back at least once every few years as they grow to adulthood, and then at least once every twelve months to ensure that they grow as straight as possible. Different species will require varying levels of attention, but there are usually two techniques that are used to address them; cutting and lopping, which should always be carried out as part of a full landscape design to maximise their full effect.


As the term might suggest, this technique relates to the cutting of tree limbs, so as to enhance its size and shape in general. Some trees may have a tendency of growing to unwanted heights, while others might find themselves benefitting from a trim as they grow in width. On a personal premises, a home owner is required by law to ensure that their trees are sufficiently cut back. If left to grow, branches can begin to restrict sunlight, or take a toll on a neighbour’s garden – so it’s well worth considering the options presented by a tree surgeon to cater to these requirements.


Tree lopping can take place in one of two forms; the first via mechanical lopper and the second by using an electronic alternative. Where cutting is used to remove thicker branches and limbs; lopping is ideal for trimming and pruning in general. When using a mechanical lopper, a gardener (or tree specialist) will usually aim to lop branches away at their knuckles. This can help to ensure that further stems aren’t able to sprout, without risking the health of the tree in the process.

Both techniques are excellent ways to ensure that a tree can be shaped to suit their owner’s requirements and preferences – without having to take a negative toll on their growth. A good tree surgeon will be able to evaluate the condition of a tree before deciding on the best course of action. The project could be as simple as cutting away a few branches, before they thicken and require more substantial techniques. As most trees will grow to adulthood in the space of twelve years it can be well worth having their growth monitored, so avoid these events from unwanted events from occurring.