Agreed .... Another change that recently has come out is where exactly to
prune. They used to tell you to prune as close to the trunk as you can and
this is a big NO now. If you look at the branch, you can almost detect what
you might think of as the turtleneck of where the branch meets the trunk (a
slight thickening like a collar). You want to cut near this but such that
you are not damaging the cells of this "collar" so outside of where the
collar is but not so far away that you have wood that is going to die and
rot and form a barrier for the collar to grow over. On a large branch this
collar can be an inch or more thick so you are leaving a nub of sorts off of
the main branch. If you have done it right, it is amazing how quickly it
What tree company said to use shellac? That is incredible. The
recommendations to leave pruned areas bare is at least 15 years old!
No competent arborist or even accomplished amateur would tell you to
use shellac on a fresh cut.
Thanks for giving me a question for the guys who are going to cut my trees. I
chose a company with a certified arborist, hoping they would know what they are
doing. What I need is to have branches cut that are overhanging the roof.
They are making a mess in the gutters. Maples. I get the estimate on Friday.
Marilyn in Ohio
On 10 Sep 2003 12:07:24 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Allview) wrote:
Even if you shear the branches off so no branches overhang the roof (a
bad idea in many cases, depending on how much tree that represents)
you probably will not have any luck keeping the gutters completely
clean (wind will be a factor). Why not save the (likely several
hundred) dollars and pay someone to clean the gutters periodically?
You can also get screens of various types to cover the gutters. They
can do a pretty good job of keeping the debris out, though you will
probably need to maintain them occasionally.
Remember that a healthy, attractive tree can add significantly to your
quality of life and your property value (and decrease cooling costs in
summer), while an ugly or maltreated tree can create more problems and
detract from property values.
just a suggestion,
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