Pruning Sick, Diseased and Broken Branches

People generally prune and cut back branches to either improve the visual amenity or to prevent overhanging branches getting out of control.  But did you know, cutting back can also be healthier for the tree if done right.

Trees have their own immune system and branches that have been damaged are more vulnerable to bugs and termites, which in turn may lead them into accessing the tree as a whole.

Believe it or not, trees can also get sick.  Certain diseases are known to affect different tree species and can have a range of symptoms from reduce or abnormal growth to even tree death.  Being able to notice when a tree is showing signs of disease can also help provide preventative action.

Further, pruning and cutting can also strengthen tree growth in Spring and Summer or shape a trees growth in the future.  This can improve the overall visual aspect of your garden.

Another point is that you also want to prune or cut back correctly.  For instance, cutting at the right place on a branch will allow better re-growth and prevent infection.  Again, like humans, when you cut or scratch a tree, you open a wound that is susceptible to infection.  Bacteria can find away in to the inner flesh of the plant that doesn’t have the same consistency or make-up and therefore not immune to the everyday bacteria in the outside environment. 

Most plants however have the ability to secrete a substance that prevents bacteria entering but cutting the wrong way may prevent this from happening.  This action may be very species specific so we do recommend you consult google first, but for most plant, be careful not to cut too close to the stump or mother branch which may prevent the secretion from occurring.  On many plants the best place to cut is just above the crown and to do so on a forty-five degree angle.

If you believe that the reason the tree limbs are dying is a disease, a final tip is to have some antiseptic solution or wipes on hand to clean the pruning equipment after each cut.  This prevents cross contamination of the bacteria to other parts of the tree.

Tree Fact – The biggest plant?

You might have guessed, but the biggest plant in the world is a tree.  It even has a name… The General Sherman.

At over eighty-three metres (83 – or 272 feet imperial) the tree is almost as high as a sports field is long.  The estimated volume is approximately 1,500 square metres of wood and is a full eleven metres at the bass.

The tree itself is what’s known as a giant sequoia, or if you speak altin, a Sequoiadendron giganteum.  No, we don’t speak it either.

Located  in California in the Sequoia National Park, they call it the Giant Forest of Tulare, known for its large trees.

Can you imagine trying to fell that big guy (whoa slow down, not that we would want to or ever do it but working in the business we can appreciate the effort it would take!).  I’m sure we would have to buy more equipment.  Can you also imagine the impact it will have when it does fall, taking all those other trees with it and probably leaving a gigantic dint in the ground.  Did somebody say TIMBER!

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