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How To Prune

MERISTEM TIPS :: VASCULAR SYSTEM :: TRANSPIRATION :: THE 1/3 RULE
THE BRANCH COLLAR :: TARGET PRUNING :: CONCLUSION :: GLOSSARY

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At TreeCare we believe the more you know about your trees, the healthier they’ll be and the happier you’ll be. In this section we show you how to approach pruning from a tree’s point of view, so you can understand the things a tree needs to thrive and grow. With that knowledge, much of the mystery of how to prune disappears, and you will be able to give your trees the care they need help them live in harmony with their surroundings.

The section on Meristem Tips explains their importance in the way a tree grows, and the way it directs its energy and resources. The sections on the Vascular System and Transpiration describe the tree’s circulation system, how it transports water and minerals from the roots and carbohydrates from photosynthesis. When this basic botany is understood, the questions of what to prune and how much to prune are easier to answer.

The next sections, The 1/3 Rule, and The Branch Collar, give specific guidelines for how and where to make pruning cuts that will be easiest for the tree to heal. Finally, the Target Pruning section outlines an overall approach to pruning that is directed by the needs of the tree.

The information on the following pages will help you understand how to prune your trees to keep them healthy and thriving. For a more in depth demonstration of responsible pruning techniques, including the selection and use of tools, extensive how-to video, and a clear and straightforward explanation of the professional approach to scaffold management we recommend our DVD “Prune Like a Pro”. To purchase, CLICK HERE.

To see a clip from “Prune Like a Pro” showing the way a tree heals a large wound over 8 years of observation CLICK HERE.

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