Gardening Texoma: Jan. 15, 2009

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

TEXOMA GARDENING SHOW
SHADE TREE PRUNING
Series 2 of 5
Series 2: Shade Trees
1. To Train
2. Plant Health
3. Improve quality of:
a. Fruit
b. Flowers
c. Foliage
d. Stems (structure)
e. Restrict Growth
 Training Trees Pruning
• Remove
o Crossing
o Sick or Broken branches
o Thin to allow air flow from base of tree through canopy.
• Old School thinking: Remove 1/3 of canopy when planting – This is wrong! It is counter-productive.
• On younger trees, in the first or 2nd year of growth, it is wiser to not prune all lower branches of the tree. Research shows that by leaving the lower branches, the tree will be stronger, healthier and have a longer lifespan.
 Leave the Leader
• The branch or trunk that will be the dominant part of the flora.
• Only remove for production reasons
o Fruit production
o Harvesting
 Angle Cuts
• It is recommended to do angle cuts so that water can be easily drained. If there is a crease in the trunk or a place where water could stand, then a 45 degree angle cut should be made so the water can be shed.
• Dressing of limbs that have been cut is very important especially to the Oak tree family. I recommend the Tree Goop which is a little more labor intensive but more beneficial long term. The reason I say that is because by using the Petroleum products that create a non-penetrable seal, an environment is created that is abnormal to the tree. The tree cannot breathe and an environment is created that encourages the growth of fungi and disease. Tree Goop is equal parts of Dietamaceous Earth, Soft Rock Phosphate, and Compost.


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