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pruning cuts


I see so many people that don't make the cut at the right place on the collar. He talked a lot about how that long piece will have to rot down and when it gets going that sometimes it doesn't stop at the collar... just keeps on rotting until it kills the tree.
Another big point is to ALWAYS make several cuts to complete one cut. Start with a little cut from underneath... so that when you cut from the top the weight won't drop the limb and pull a strip off the tree from underneath.
Lots of good information that I am remembering in spurts!
Tricia
----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 9:23 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] pruning question


one thing mentioned in the pruning talk here was that narrow crotches
collect more debris. More material sits in the crotch and rots.

Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- From: "pdickson" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 9:23 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] pruning question


Donna,
One tip that has stuck with me from a pruning talk is to hold up your
hand,
then bend down the little finger and the ring finger. Now the 3 fingers
left are your tool to know which is the strong and the weak crotch angle.
The thumb and the first finger represent a good strong angle. The pointer
finger and the middle finger represent a weak angle. He gave lots of
reasons why that is so... like the first one has more room for cells...
but
really all I retained is which one is a good angle and which one you
should
try to prune out.
I hope that made sense!
Tricia

----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 7:37 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] pruning question


> Well grab your favorite pruning shears and come on down :)
>
> LOL! If you think that tree needs pruning, you should see another one! > I
> am
> seriously thinking of digging it out and trashing it since it is a very
> small tree. A storm last year about took it out. It lost so many
branches
> I
> should have put it out of it's misery then.
>
> Donna
>
>> Pruning is one of my favorite garden chores.
>>     Ceres
>
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