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When I moved into my house, I noticed that there were a few trees that were significantly overgrown. I knew that I had to do something to make things right, so I started looking for tree trimmers in the area with the kind of experience I needed. I worked with them to figure out what needed to be done, and after they offered a fair quote, I had them begin work. The difference they were able to make was amazing, and I was really impressed with their contribution. This blog is here to help people to make their trees like new with the help of a professional arborist.

Making Your Trees Like New

Identifying Damaged And Diseased Tree Branches For Pruning Purposes

April Reyes

If you have a large tree on your property and you want to prune to control growth, then it is wise to cut back the dead, damaged, and diseased parts of the tree first. However, it is not always easy to identify the areas that need to be pruned. If you are concerned about cutting away too many of the healthy branches, then keep reading to learn about how to identify the unhealthy ones.

Dead Branches

Dead branches can often look like alive ones, especially when the tree is dormant. Trees are dormant in the winter when growth is controlled so that energy can be saved. This allows the tree to remain alive with very few resources. Trees that are dormant will have tissues like buds and cambium that sit until chemicals are released that indicate that the tissues should begin growing again.

While dead and dormant tree branches may look similar, there are a few things that you can look for to identify dead branches. Perennials with dried up branches are a telltale sign. Other tree will have branches that appear without leaves, buds, and bark. In some cases, leaves will be present, but you may note them outside of the tree's normal growing season.

Branches that are hollow are obviously dead as well, and you are likely to see a great deal of insect activity in the area where hollow nodes appear. 

Some branches may not be dead yet, but they may appear with a great deal of damage. Damaged branches should also be removed because they will soon die or cause problems for the tree. Branches with stems that have bent 90 degrees or more or ones that appear with missing bark around the entire circumference of the branch should be removed.

Diseased Branches

Trees can become diseased by a variety of viral, fungal, and bacteria infections that will spread. However, they will spread quite slowly. This means that a tree can live for decades with a disease without having to be completely removed. While this is true, you should reduce overall damage by removing the most diseased sections of the tree through pruning. 

You can identify a diseased branch based on the type of organism causing the damage. In general, look for growths along large portions of the branches that look like moss or unnatural woody formations. Also, bark damage may be noted and you may see some pitting along the bark as well as the tissues underneath it. 

If you do trim dead branches, then make sure that they are discarded. Do not leave the branches on your property or microorganisms can spread through the soil and air to other trees in the area. Also, use disinfectants to clean your pruning tools to keep infections from spreading to healthy trees.

For more help pruning or removing the diseased tree, contact services like Johnson's Tree Service & Stump Grinding.