Tree Lopping Specialists
Here on the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads, we love our trees. Not only are they unique and gorgeous, but they also give us much needed shade when the subtropical temperatures start to soar. But even the best of trees have needs when it comes to care and maintenance. And if you have tree limbs that are growing awkwardly or threatening to run into power lines, you’ll want a reliable tree lopping service to put things back in order.
At Killick Tree Management, we’re professionals in all things tree service. With over 20 years in the industry, our certified arborists can make the most out of any tree situation including residential tree clearing and lopping. Our wide range of services helps us make the most of the trees you have while also keeping them in the best health and condition possible.
Call us on 04 3458 2185 to learn more and schedule a call out today!
Do I need tree lopping or tree trimming?
Excellent question, and the answer is that you might need a mix of both depending on the condition of your tree.
As a general rule, however, tree lopping is the shortening or removal of complete branches that are threatening their surroundings, either aesthetically or functionally. Proper lopping will also promote growth in the directions you want moving forward. You’ll want to lop a large branch that is encroaching on your power lines, not just trim it, or it will keep growing back in that general direction. Another way to think of it is lopping is done more because humans want to restrain or reshape a tree for a purpose.
Tree trimming is a more scaled back approach that is much better suited for shaping trees for an aesthetic reason or for the health of a tree. By trimming back certain areas, you can actually promote growth and remove dead or dying sections that look less than great when it comes to curb appeal.
In either case, you’ll want tree lopping (or trimming) if you notice you have trees that seem to be growing out of control. This is especially important if they are growing en masse toward structures or infrastructure that could be compromised if a large branch fell on them.
Can I lop my own trees?
That’s definitely a bad idea. It takes a well-trained crew with the right tools to do tree lopping on the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads right. After all, there are too many different ways that you could get hurt especially if the branches are hard to reach. What’s more, you could damage property (yours or another’s) if a wayward branch falls and makes a lasting impression.
When you choose a professional tree service, they should come fully licensed and insured to protect themselves, you, your property, and anyone (or anything) else involved. Plus, they’ll be able to help you determine whether you need to get permission or a permit to do the work required. While it’s not illegal to cut down trees, we have a lot of strict rules on the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads regarding treatment of tree cutting, lopping, and removal going right down to the size (circumference and height) of the tree as well as proximity to the house. Your tree service can help you make sense of all of this while safely lopping what needs lopping.
How long does tree lopping take?
It can seem simple to have to cut down a branch and you’d imagine it wouldn’t take long, but there can be a lot that goes into proper tree servicing. For example, if the branch that needs lopping is at a significant height off the ground, the team will have to spend the time to maneuver the right safety gear and equipment into place.
It’s also possible that the pros will want to remove smaller or medium sized branches along the way before the main branch itself is finally cut down. This can be done to make the final removal easier to manage and safer to move away from the area once downed.
The team will also want to have some time to assess the area and point out any garden elements or outdoor furniture that should be removed to safety. Most experts are able to accurately tell exactly which way a branch will fall during lopping, helping to make the process of prep work easier and faster.
All of that said, tree lopping can take several hours up to half a day, on average, to complete depending on the level of complexity of the project.
Is tree lopping expensive?
Compared to removing a tree altogether, tree lopping is an affordable option that will also help extend the life of your tree. In either case, the cost comes down, mostly, to the size of the tree. The larger and taller the tree is, the more it will cost for tree lopping service
On average, you can expect to pay between $250-$350 for tree lopping if the tree is one-story tall. A large tree, three or more stories tall, will cost much more at $600-1,000. You also might pay more if the branches in question are in more precarious spaces like over structures or getting closer to power lines since that adds to the time, technique, and tools needed to get the job done right.
Keep in mind that these prices should include the crew, equipment, the actual lopping, and then cleanup of the debris. Make sure that this is included in any quote that you get for a service. Some services will cut corners – and costs – only to leave you with the cuttings to dispose of yourself afterward.
Give new life to your trees with tree lopping from Killick
When it comes to making sure your trees are healthy while you and your family stay safe, there’s no better arborist group on the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads region than Killick Tree Management. We’re specialists in all things trees and have provided high-quality services in the area for over 15 years. Our reputation precedes us as we’re known for complete customer satisfaction on every job, no matter the size.
As arborists, we’re focused on making sure we do what’s best for the health of the tree as well as the safety of you, your family, and the tree’s environment. We’ll provide a full assessment of the tree in question and a best recommendation for what and how we think cutting back, reshaping, and renewing your tree can be done at a price you can afford.
Call us on 04 3458 2185 today to get started!
Frequently Asked Questions About Tree Lopping on the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads
When in doubt, check with your local council directly. There are typically fewer restrictions when it comes to lopping and trimming than there are for full-on removal. That said, certain species might be protected, and you may need permission (and a good reason) to cut it back.
It’s all about experience. An arborist is specifically trained on trees and all things tree health and maintenance. They’ll be the best fit when it comes to assessment of your tree and educated opinion about whether you need more or less removal for the tree to remain healthy and safe. Lawn services tend to charge less for tree lopping because they have less experience. If your tree is one storey or smaller, you could benefit from going with a lawn service to lop part of your tree. Anything larger is more suited for an expert arborist or tree surgeon.
That’s okay! A trained arborist will be able to assess the situation and provide the right equipment for the job. There are many different ways to bring down a problematic branch including piecemeal cutting and crane removals. It’s better to call out for a free quote and consultation than let a branch continue to threaten your structures, power lines, or overall safety.
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