tree pruning

Asked June 18, 2019, 3:26 PM EDT

What is the currently accepted way to treat a cut after pruning a tree?

Lincoln County Oregon pruning

3 Responses

The most important thing to do is to preserve the branch collar, the raised tissue at the base of every branch. So you want to prune just beyond the branch collar. This will help ensure proper healing after pruning.
There is no clear evidence that wound dressings are necessary to prevent wood rots in pruning wounds and there are indications that it may be harmful.

Here is a helpful Pacific Northwest Extension publication - "Training and Pruning your Home Orchard". https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/pnw400.pdf

Here is some more good information from Washington State University regarding the "Myth of Wound Dressings" https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/wound-sealer.pdf

Perfect! Thank you so much.!!