Gardening Texoma: Shade Tree Pruning

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

Series 1 of 4
Series 1: Shade Trees
 The right tool.
• Not all Pruners are created equal. They are designed for different uses and application. For example: The size of the limb or branch that one is pruning matters. The right tool for the right job applies here.
 Timing Matters.
• The time to prune large shade trees is Winter and Early Spring before new growth.
• Oaks are best pruned during the dormant season due to its Nemesis, the Chinese Beetle, is in hibernation. Pruning your Oaks now protects and promotes healing before the Beetles come out.
• It is much easier to distinguish the form and growth patterns with all the leaves gone.
 Use the right tool for the right application.
• Long handled Pruning Saw to reach high.
• Hand saw if needed.
• Chain Saw if applicable.
• Pruning/Lopping Shears.
 Reasons to Prune:
• To promote growth
• To Maintain health
• To promote a more open air canopy
• To restrict growth under power lines and other restricted areas
 Take a look
• Step back and take a look at what your goal is before you start cutting.
• Follow a definite plan.
• Consider reason or purpose before cutting begins.
• While you are making your cut, remember how the tree is going to heal. Leaving a slight shoulder on a limb allows for this to happen. A flesh wound on and upon the main trunk should never be made. You always want to allow ¼” to 3/8”.
 Be safe.
• An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sometimes it is better to just call a professional. Ladders are always best used with 2 people. Power tools and pruners can be very dangerous.
• Eye gear and ear protection is recommended.
• Be sure when cutting a limb, you know where it’s going to fall.
 We prune trees for our sake, not theirs.
Next week and weeks to follow:
Series 2: Ornamental trees, i.e. Crepe Myrtles, Red Buds, Viburnums, Altheas, and Yaupons.
Series 3: Fruit Trees, i.e, Pear, Peach, Fig, etc.
Series 4: Getting Ready for Valentines, the bi-annual pruning of the Roses.

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