Spring is Thursday, and the warmer weather prompts many of us to spend more time outside, and more time looking at our landscapes. Now is a great time to look up…at your trees! The lack of foliage at this time allows us to assess the woody, structural parts of trees—the branches.
Winter’s heavy snow and ice have broken many tree branches. At the beginning of this growing season, proper pruning of broken branches will allow trees to compartmentalize—or, seal off—their wounds much more quickly, which prevents decay from spreading throughout the tree.
Do you have trees in your yard with broken branches? Check out this link to learn more about proper pruning: http://www.arborday.org/media/stormrecovery/4_treefirstaid.cfm.
And to learn more about how trees compartmentalize their wounds, follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compartmentalization_of_decay_in_trees
Have we piqued your interest in tree maintenance? Join us on a Saturday planting to learn more!