Tree Lopping Vs Tree Pruning

Tree Looping or Tree Pruning – Which is Best?

As we look into tree looping and tree pruning, Rufford Tree Services want to discover which is best for both the tree and your landscape. From danger risks to the health of the tree, our tree surgeons have weighed up the pros and cons of each services to find out which is most beneficial. Tree looping vs tree pruning, let’s decide the verdict!

Tree Looping

Tree lopping refers to indiscriminate cutting of tree branches that cannot reach the main growth point role. One of the reasons why tree lopping is carried out is to reduce the size of a tree. However, tree lopping has the following damaging and devastating effects to a tree…


Lopped trees are dangerous to both people and property because when new growths emerge from the tree, resulting in poorly attached branches and growth. Therefore, as these branches get bigger with time, they are easy to break, causing injuries, damage to nearby properties and sometimes even worse, death to people.

Decay and Diseases

Tree lopping makes the tree vulnerable to diseases and decay. Unlike professional pruning where a tree is equipped to close the wound to avoid pest invasion and decay, tree lopping leaves open wounds that can predispose a tree to decay to pest invasion.


When a tree is lopped, about 50% of its canopy is removed starving the tree. Removal of foliage not only starves the tree of its vital energy reserves but also causes an irreversible damage to the tree structure. When the bark of a tree is exposed to scorching sun, it can scald.


Tree Lopping

Tree Pruning

Tree pruning is now widely used and highly recommended because it is set to follow the guidelines of Australian Standards 4373-2007 that ensure correct pruning procedures are followed. When a professional pruning technique is used, a tree can fight diseases and sustain a long healthy life. Therefore, to do it yourself, you should be possessing required pruning skills and experience to do it properly. Alternatively, you can choose a reliable company like Rufford Tree Services, whose arborists have the right experience and qualifications to maintain trees.

When you work with a qualified arborist, they can help determine the best type of pruning depending on an individual tree to help maintain its health, improve its safety and appearance. We can also help determine whether your tree should be removed depending on its current state. Pruning your trees is a good and valuable investment, especially when it’s done correctly the first time. Here are some of the reasons why you should prune your trees:

  • To enhance the trees’ natural shape
  • To improve the safety of the tree
  • To help control diseases
  • It promotes healthy growth of trees
  • Remove excess weight from a tree promoting safety
  • Allow more sunlight to filter through a tree promoting photosynthesis
  • Pruning also encourage fruit production by removing excess growth to avoid competition
  • If you spray your trees to protect them against pests, pruning facilitates penetration of sprays and promote aeration


Tree Pruning

Although there are numerous benefits associated with pruning, ‘proper’ pruning techniques and manpower should be used. Therefore, if you don’t know how to prune your trees, don’t attempt to do it yourself because you may end up doing more damage than good. Simply contact Rufford Tree Services today for a professional, practical, and honest advice.

Here are some examples of ‘proper’ pruning techniques:

  • Canopy thinning
  • Crown reduction
  • Raising canopies
  • Dead-wooding
  • End weight reduction of lateral limbs
  • Entrenchment


It is advisable to ask as many questions as possible to have a clear understanding of what is being done to your tree. The pruning method that we choose to use is determined by each specific plant and the trees’ species as well as the season of the year. Working with a professional like Rufford Tree Services will make pruning easier, fun, and beneficial. Simply contact our team today on 01704 821 239 / 07888 843 079 for more information.