I will keep this in mind since I intend to.
Do not make flush cuts when pruning trees. Flush cuts are pruning cuts made as close as possible to the trunk or main branch. They destroy the tree’s natural defense mechanisms that promote wound compartmentalization and callus formation.
Removing only the decayed material is the remedy.
When pruning trees, make the final cut just beyond the branch collar and branch bark ridge. Flush cuts, and the woundwood that closesover the cut, tend to be oval in cross section; whereas, woundwood on collar cuts closes in a more-or-less circular fashion. There are exceptions to this on certain trees that present an oval cross section at the branch base. A flush cut should not be used on tree planted in urban landscapes. Cutting the limb flush with the trunk will leave a larger area to callus over and a greater chance of decay organisms entering the wound.
The optimal pruning time is in the winter (dormant season) when temperatures and infection rates are lower and when trees are not actively growing. Aug 09, No Flush Cuts One of the most common pruning mistakes is the flush cut. This occurs when you cut a branch off flush with the bark of the tree trunk or larger branch to which it’s attached.
While it may look clean and streamlined, a flush cut removes the branch collar, an area of tissue that’s needed to form a seal over the pruning bushremover.barted Reading Time: 7 mins.
Flush cuts encourage decay at the top and bottom of the cuts. They also destroy the natural protective zone between the trunk and the branch and can cause several serious tree problems including discolored wood, decayed wood, wet wood, resin pockets, cracks.
Aug 19, Sun scald results in wounds and damage to the trunk bark that can severely damage your tree. Improper Cuts: A very common tree trimming mistake when removing branches is to cut them off too close, or flush, to the main trunk. By doing this, you remove the branch collar; an area of tissue with specialized cells that help heal the bushremover.barted Reading Time: 8 mins.
I have this huge fruit tree in my backyard, and I think it is about time to begin pruning.
Oct 15, Flush cuts should never be made. Cuts leaving 1/inch stubs are also bad, unless the limb is tiny. Pruning cuts should be made at the point just outside the branch collar. The branch collar Author: Howard Garrett. May 15, These cuts should be made smooth and flat, haphazardly pruning a tree may lead to fungal infection, insect infestation, declining health, and death. Without following the 3-cut method when pruning. Sep 16, I think that you need to know when to prune your tree.
Like you said in the first bullet point under don’t, you shouldn’t prune without a good reason. If you just trim a tree to be doing it, you can actually ruin the tree.
There is a special way you have to cut the tree and you don’t want to trim too much or you can really get into trouble. Reply.