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Zem,
The man that taught this class said that this is a tool that you can't loose or sat down somewhere! I love that!
I also forgot to mention that he talked about why NOT to prune out too much. He said to think of the leaves as the what feeds the roots. You should have about the same amount of roots underground as you do leaves up above the ground and if you cut off too many leaves you will kill that many roots.
The tree will be ok with about 20 % but much more than that at one time can kill the tree... it still may take a few years but it will kill the tree.
It gives a good argument as to why people should NOT butcher their trees by topping them.
thanks,
Tricia
----- Original Message ----- From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 8:31 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] pruning question


Thanks for that info, Tricia. My 'guide' yesterday tried to point out the same thing in a much more complicated way. I think I can remember yours.
zem
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "pdickson" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 8:23 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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