limbing trees

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by grassmasterswilson, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,945

    I have some type of oak at my house that needs to be limbed since it has growth up and down the trunk of the tree. Is there anything I can do or spray on the wounds after I cut to seal them and prevent new growth?
  2. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    No. It sounds like you're talking about suckers. It happens. Most tree professionals these days do not recommend dressing cuts.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Not sure if your southern oaks are the same as our oaks, but we don't cut anything between April and August, in fact what till after killing frosts up here, because of disease problems...
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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  6. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yup. Just one spore of the right fungus lands in that wound, and your tree is dead in a few years.
    Pruning sealers are no longer recommended. They can make wounds worse. . .
  7. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,945

    Its not suckers. The tree has limbe from top to about 10 feet from the ground. I just want to clean it up a little at the bottom 20-25 feet. Sounds like I should wait until winter to avoid fungal issues.
  8. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you prune when it isn't raining or windy, why would you have a problem?
    The pruning cut will heal. Search: CODIT

    We don't use those pruning paint things any-more. Not a recommended practice.
    They can hold bacteria between the paint and the tree wound and have been proven
    to cause problems.

    Just prune using proper arboricultural methods.

    Go to: ISA and also search Dr. Alex Shigo.
  9. ochosdaddy

    ochosdaddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    Correct, don't use pruning sealer. Best to just allow the tree to wound over naturally. More importanly, know how to make a correct pruning cut right after the BBR (branch bark ridge). Nurseries still like to sell sealer only because people still like to buy it. Just like root stimulator and the new fancy mycorrhizae crap.
  10. Century Landscape

    Century Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    Ditto on the pruning sealer, definitely not recommended. It's always a best practice to trim trees when dormant in the winter.

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