OK, I am just a NPTC 30&31 qualified person. I dont advertise for tree work, other than Malus, prunus, Acer etc which is really pruning. However, I have often been asked when quoting for Mowing, Lawn care, Hedge work etc to look at lopping a tree which is far beyond an annual prune. If the customer asks for it to be drastically lopped, and it is within doing so without ropes, and I can handle the waste without chipping, I will usually quote. If it is beyond my means, then I refer them to the Arboriculturists.
On the flip side. I always used to refer tree work, small-medium felling to tree surgeons if I was quoting for a wider job. However, I found on numerous occaisions where I had done so, they had subsequently under quoted, and taken away the hedging, or MOWING job from me. Ergo, fair is fair, it seemed to be a joke in one of the earlier threads about Tree Surgeons taking hedging jobs from people. But, when it is the other way round it is cause for plagurised debate.
There are many times when you have to practise un text book horticulture for a customer, and this is usually because they have asked for it, just have a look at all the lollipop shrubs the UK shows with pride. But, at the end of the day, if the client wants a remedial fix of a job, then so be it.
nice :) will need to be cut again soon ;)
the willow tree seven months on....
I don't often respond to forums but feel driven to comment on this one. I have to say it is one of my burning pet hates when I see trees butchered like this.
Lopping like this completely destroys the beauty of the framework of the tree. Where possible pruning should be done to enhance its natural form and habit which can be enjoyed in winter also - not like these specimens!
Where possible clients should be advised of alternative ways to reduce the size of a tree - perhaps the general public assume that 'lopping' is best practice?