Of course, the services that tree loppers provide are rather limited. That’s due to the fact that they typically only do one thing, which is lopping. To put it mildly, the only real advantage that a lopper can give you (and not your trees) is cheap and affordable services. Even though it might look cheap on paper in the now, the damage and subsequent harm that your trees have imposed on them can be quite expensive to deal with in the future. Tree lopping, most of the time, is a fixed service which doesn’t involve recommendations for care or tree examination. It’s a good idea when dealing with your trees to find professional services that prove very valuable in terms of the money you spend but also see to the long-term sustainability of your trees.
When you hire a lopper,
it’s not unlike getting a cab. You pay, and then exit at your destination. It’s a one-time thing, as there’s no relationship established between a lopper and his or her client. In truth, the majority of tree loppers have actually mastered many trades. It’s not all that rare to find a local lopper that is also an electrician around town. That’s a representation of the rather half-baked nature of many jobs loppers do, since they just want to offer the most services they can so that they can make money off of them rather than do quality work. It’s almost impossible to contrast the skills of a true professional to those of an unskilled part-time jack of all trades. When you use an actual tree expert, you can get your tree pruned in a professional manner, and the tree is afterwards checked on to make sure that any procedure was done appropriately. Loppers don’t do this, and so they mindlessly cut off leaves and branches, not caring about any adverse effects that they might be leaving in place or even creating, risking the overall health of the tree.
When you deal with tree loppers, there’s no guarantee of safety for staff or property. On top of lacking the necessary skills for dealing with a high-risk scenario, loppers often also lack the needed manpower and equipment to manage an emergency case properly. Most emergency circumstances that call in loppers usually wind up with tragic endings. That’s just because novices can’t do a lot about scenarios that they’re unaccustomed to dealing with. Tree loppers are typically unskilled and are not reliable choices in an emergency situation involving a tree. An adequately trained and educated expert knows how to deal with a tree, and should be the person you can call if you have trees that are at high risk of potentially damaging property or falling on someone.
One thing that also distinguishes arborists from tree loppers is that loppers directly work for their pay, not the posterity of the trees involved. Loppers rarely interest themselves in statistics of trees or how they develop. Their only concern is taking care of the business at hand, which is often just cutting branches. Since there’s little continuity in their services, the value of what services they provide diminishes. Arborists are often different. They usually keep records about the trees they service, so that they have future reference. That helps them develop mechanisms for good continuity and following up with any interested parties.
Tree loppers aren’t experts. They’re just random individuals who decided to start operating on trees without developing knowledge about them. The extent of their tree handling knowledge is basic equipment handling and cutting techniques. Tree loppers get a lot of business due to cheap rates and for that, they look like professionals. That field of work has entry-level access, because anyone with the right equipment and tools can lop trees. They don’t have to have academic qualifications like many arborists do, so arborists are often the better choice when you need one of these professionals.
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