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    To seal or not to seal? (Tree limbs after cutting)

    I used to help my Dad trim trees when I was a kid. He was very particular about it. He carefully sealed each cut that was more than about a inch in diameter. He also sterilized his saw after each cut because he didn't want to spread any tree diseases.

    So I've always thought that you had to seal trees when you pruned them. But I have a neighbor that insists it's not necessary to seal them. So I may be guilty of "old school of thought." But I know there are some serious tree experts on this forum, so I thought I'd ask. I'd rather not spend the extra time and money on tree sealer, but I also want to do what's best for the trees.

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    I'm with ya, old school habits are hard to break and I used o use the spray can of wound treatment.

    Research though has shown that wound treatment actually slows the healing process and provides an environment that actually promotes decay. Depending on your location, when trimming oak trees, trimming is best done in late November through late February to decrease the likelihood of oak wilt.

    No need to treat, its more important to place your cuts properly, google up Dr. Alex Shigo method of tree pruning.
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    A few months ago I Googled this subject for what I was doing. What I took away from it was to let the tree do its own healing. No wound treatment.
    (I too grew up watching dad put a tar-ish substance on the prune cut, so I didn't know either)
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    Cut the limb close to the trunk, and make a small bottom cut then cut from the top to help stop tearing.

    Mother nature knows best,, no treatment.. Just a clean cut.
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    These guys have it right, takes longer to heal if you use that stuff. Small cut at the bottom then cut the top. Don’t prune in the spring, fall-winter is best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1010 View Post
    Cut the limb close to the trunk, and make a small bottom cut then cut from the top to help stop tearing.

    Mother nature knows best,, no treatment.. Just a clean cut.
    I've always been told NOT to cut into the branch collar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Nine View Post
    I'm with ya, old school habits are hard to break and I used o use the spray can of wound treatment.

    Research though has shown that wound treatment actually slows the healing process and provides an environment that actually promotes decay. Depending on your location, when trimming oak trees, trimming is best done in late November through late February to decrease the likelihood of oak wilt.

    No need to treat, its more important to place your cuts properly, google up Dr. Alex Shigo method of tree pruning.
    That was what I was told by a forester who came to give my 150 year old trees a check up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1010 View Post
    Cut the limb close to the trunk, and make a small bottom cut then cut from the top to help stop tearing.

    Mother nature knows best,, no treatment.. Just a clean cut.
    Mother nature can be *****y... but she generally knows best
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    The clean your saw/shears between trees is excellent advice. Here in Massachusetts most orchard pruning is done in the late winter/early spring, also depends on the kind of tree as well.
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