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Old 07-11-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have a few dead limbs in the trees of my backyard that I want to trim. I picked up a 14' Tree Pruner at Lowes (10% military discount! ) and was wondering if there is anything else I need to know before I begin.* I know some people spray sealant where they've removed the dead limb, is that necessary for all spots? Anything other recommendations?

Cheers! M2



* - OK, to be honest I had to try this thing out so I sawed a few small dead limbs off already!
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Old 07-11-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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You'll definitely get a work out with that tool!!

Are they oak trees? I hear you are supposed to spray them within 5/10 minutes of pruning. I never do and I have been lucky so far **knocks on wood**.
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Old 07-11-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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* - OK, to be honest I had to try this thing out so I sawed a few small dead limbs off already!
You'd better git out there and spray 'em....already been 10 minutes!!
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Old 07-11-2009, 01:26 PM
 
Location: That's pretty obvious
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I think it may be mandatory to spray the sealant on freshly cut limbs in San Antonio in order to prevent the spread of disease / fungus / what not. Can't immediately find the ordinance, but I seem to remember being told that when I had a crew come out to trim our trees.

Be careful!! I cut a few limbs down myself and they don't always fall where you expect and are often much heavier then they look. Got knocked off the ladder a couple times to the absolute delight of my daughter. (She's got a sick sense of humor that one)

Good luck!
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Old 07-11-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Thanks, I need to get some spray, as some of you have noted it's been over ten minutes! I am more worried about the trees than the ordnance, being outside the city limit it isn't of great concern but keeping the trees healthy is!

Oh, and my neighbor had a professional crew come out and clear her trees, I noticed they didn't spray the ends until several hours later...

Cheers! M2
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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Im new to pruning so I dont know how common knowledge this is, but try to prune as close to the trunk as possible. Leaving stubs invites disease. I just saw this on the DIY channel yesterday so like I said, everybody may know this but I didnt.
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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This might be helpful...

How To Prune Trees from the US Department of Agriculture

Cheers! M2
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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The 10 minute thing, I believe, is for the oak wilt.
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Even more good info from the Department of Agriculture...

Identify, Prevent, and Control Oak Wilt

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Favorable conditions usually occur between April 15 and July 1 in the Lake States, and over a correspondingly longer period of time to the South. In Texas, avoid damage to oak trees from February through June.
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From Missouri to Texas, tree paint should be used immediately after trees are wounded, at any time of the year.
And, according to Wikipedia (for what it's worth):

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Studies have shown that wound dressing must be applied immediately after damage (or pruning) occurs. Even a delay of 3-days can be too long.
But I could not find any 10-minute requirement. However, I did find a recipe for organic tree paint; but I was put off after seeing step 1...
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1. Prepare an animal manure compost pile and wait for it to completely decompose.


Cheers! M2
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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I trimmed our crepe myrtle tree two months ago (basically cut all the branches way back almost to the trunk). I'm not lying, but within days there were little buds coming out all over the place. Now it is a lot fuller and have more white flowers than ever before.
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