Tree Pruning and Tree Services

We are going through the top ten tree Service and tree pruning myths.

MYTH #FIVE: After pruning wounds greater than 3 inches in diameter ought to be painted with some sort of wound dressing. Research has shown that the typical wound treatments don't inhibit decay, don't stop insect entry, and don't bring about quicker wound closure. Actually, many of the commonly used treatments make things worse.

MYTH #SIX: Particular fast-growing, soft wooded trees, like silver maple and Siberian elm, ought to be "topped" to make them less hazardous to the landscape. While topping these trees might decrease the possible hazard initially, they'll likely be much more dangerous down the road. Topping stimulates the development of twigs beneath the cuts. Growth of many hardy shoots leads to branches with weak attachments. Also, decay spreads inside the stubs and branches that had been topped. From 2 to 5 years after topping, the tree will have regained its height, but will probably be much more hazardous than prior to the topping. Besides, topping tends to make trees ugly. Options to topping consist of thinning, cabling, or removal and replacement with a more appropriate species of tree.