Olson Tree Care
What is the Perfect Cut when Removing a Branch?
Cutting directly outside of the Branch Collar is the second best technique for Branch Removal. (So why is it taught and believed by Arborists to be the best practice for Branch Removal?)
Olson Tree Care worked on this Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) for example. This tree had a 12 inch diameter branch that the tree was eliminating. Where would most Arborists or Tree Services make the cut to Remove the Branch if it were still alive? Much closer we assume.
Some may say after viewing the photographs, “the amount of new wood is based on the dead branch remaining and the tree is trying to occlude the wound.” Is it possible that what has taken place is best for the tree? Failed occlusion is our point of view, taking the fight to the decay is the trees.
Or one might say “a skilled Arborist knows to cut further out on big branches.” See the other photograph of 4 inch branch on the same tree. Who would leave that much room if removing them as live branches?
While Arborist cutting outside of the branch collar is better than a flush cut, it does not duplicate the trees natural process that allows for translocation of resources and time for the proper response growth to begin.
Proper Branch Removal should be taught as an option for clients and Arborists alike.
- Heading cut, allowing translocation of resources. Then and only then, removal of the remaining stub outside of the clearly defined Branch Protection Zone.
If only 10% of the care you received from your doctor was beneficial, would you go?
Arborist Malpractice (Negligent treatment) is far too common with Tree Services and Arborists alike.
Working 2 days on some urban native bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa), allowed the Certified Arborist at Olson Tree Care sufficient time to revisit an observational number that has proven true over time. Less than 10% of all tree pruning administered is good for trees. What? Yes, it is true.
Take this bur oak for example. Gutted (over Trimmed/Pruned) for perception and misinformation.
Perception = a tree is a yard ornament and better look a certain way.
Misinformation #1 = Crossing branches are bad for the tree. (Thanks Duncan Slater PhD for clearing this one up)
Then, follow that up with ongoing “shoot maintenance” based on more misinformation.
Misinformation #2 = Epicormic growth is stealing from the outer end of the branch. (Many believe that epicormic growth is the cause of branch dieback)
If trees are cut on (for no valid reason) to the detriment of the tree, is that not Arborist Malpractice?
Frustrating to to say the least.