Tree pruning is one of the most important but under appreciated services that can be done to a tree. Pruning removes dead wood that can fall and damage property or persons. Pruning removes crossing limbs, cracked limbs, limbs with excessive decay, and sink limbs. Proper pruning includes removing limbs at the branch bark collar using the three cut method, thereby avoiding tear-down wounds and nub cuts that can lead to decay. Here the branch can heal over faster.
It’s important to remember that any wound paint or sealant is bad for the tree. Wound sealants slow wound healing and can promote decay.
Every summer I receive calls about damage to trees and shrubs. The caller usually believes that an insect is the culprit of the damage. I ask some questions after hearing the concerns of the caller. What parts of the plant are damaged? What does the damage look like? Is the damage linear or in rows? […]