If you have arranged to have one or more of the trees in your garden lopped, here are two steps you should take before your arborist arrives.
Inform your nearby neighbours
Tree lopping involves the use of several large electrical tools, including chainsaws and pruners. As such, it tends to generate a great deal of noise. It can also be quite a lengthy process if the tree which is being lopped is quite large in size or if you are having several trees lopped in a single day. In such cases, it could potentially take the arborist several hours to complete their work.
This noise could be very distressing for your nearby neighbours to listen to, particularly if they are not expecting it. As such, it's a good idea to inform them in advance of the time and date that your arborist will be arriving and to provide them with a rough estimate of how long the work will take. It might also be worth giving them a token gift (such as a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine) to thank them for their understanding.
This advance warning will give them time to prepare (by, for example, buying some earplugs) and will drastically reduce the likelihood of them making a complaint about the noise.
Keep your children and pets indoors
It is absolutely essential to ensure that your young children and pets are kept away from the garden whilst the tree lopping process is carried out, as this is not a safe environment for children or animals to be in. There are a few reasons for this.
Firstly, the tree lopping process will, of course, result in tree branches being cut and falling to the ground. If your child or pet happens to be wandering around the garden whilst this is happening, they could be struck by one of these branches and injured. They could also trip over one of the fallen branches and hurt themselves.
Secondly, as mentioned above, tree lopping can be extremely loud, so much so that the sound could actually harm a person's ears. This is not an issue for the arborist because they can wear protective ear muffs. However, if your child is exposed to these loud sounds without any ear protection, they could sustain mild hearing damage. As such, it's important to keep your children and pets indoors whilst the arborist does their job.