I have several Cleveland Pear trees.
A neighbor who seems to be very knowledgeable has told me what limbs
to prune and why. Makes sense.
He also says to not use the stuff sold in hardware stores to 'coat'
the cuts, but to instead use a mix of latex paint and mouthwash (to
I never heard of this one - but it seems possible.
Any comments anyone?
Well I've been pruning fruit trees for nearly thirty years now. I've
heard of a lot of things but that is a new one.
Truth is most pruning cuts heal over very well without any "protective"
coating. The fact is many can actually be potentialy harmful. If you
do use one check with a local nursery. They'd have a betterselection
than any hardware store and be more knowledgable as well.
I don't know about that mixture, but trees have a great ability to heal
themselves without any coating. 6 years ago, a guy wrapped his car around a
large blue spruce at my son's house. It removed the bark about 3/4 of the
way around and the tree still looks great. You can cut small branches off
with no ill effects, and no treatment. Start by cutting off all branches
that point inward. Then cut branches that rub together. Then thin the rest,
but be sure not to take too many branches off, because the tree needs enough
leaves for photosynthesis.
: > I have several Cleveland Pear trees.
: > A neighbor who seems to be very knowledgeable has told me
: > to prune and why. Makes sense.
: > He also says to not use the stuff sold in hardware stores to
: > the cuts, but to instead use a mix of latex paint and
: > kill germs).
: > I never heard of this one - but it seems possible.
: > Any comments anyone?
: Most tree experts now recommend that you don't put *anything"
: stumps of pruned limbs. Does more harm than good.
They also recommend angle-cuts and being careful not to let the
wood "split". The angle cuts insure water doesn't flow across
the cut surface but mostly drip past it. Makes sense, I think.
Don't prune too close to the trunk (don't cut into the "swollen" bit
around the base of the branch) and don't paint over the cuts with
anything. A healthy tree has plenty of natural response to losing
branches and will repair itself quite happily.
I think painting over the wound was old school. As a (coffee) farmer
and we need to prune each tree, in some fashion, annually, I do see
limbs heal perfectly without any thing applied. As someone mentioned
above, do not cut too close to the trunk of the tree. It needs to make
a collar over the wound.
If coating of the pruned limbs isn't necessary, what about coating
pruned roots, that will be covered by dirt again, or by a section of
Maybe I'm pretending the tree is like a human, but it seemed there was
more chance for infection in the cold wet earth of a root, than in the
fresh air of a limb.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
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