Around the House – Tree Maintenance and Care
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This weekend around the house, inspect all trees on your property.
Identify weak, rubbing or damaged tree limbs. Use a pruning shear for limbs less than 1 inch in diameter. For larger limbs, use a pruning saw.
- Start each cut where the branch growth begins from the trunk. Make cuts in the same direction that the limb grows so new bark will close the tree’s wound.
Prune tree limbs to a desired first branch height after several years of maturing. This will provide access under the tree for lawn care and pedestrians. The most common height from ground to first limb is 8 -10 feet.
Prune damaged forking branches. Make cuts just outside the dead or diseased branch. This will encourage the healthy portion of the branch to heal over the wound.
Prune branches between 12 and 18 inches apart after the tree is several years old. This will decrease the need for crown thinning and allow good air flow within the tree.
- Remove dead tree stumps (level to the ground).
Treat all wounds with a tree wound dressing.