Pruning the Storm Damage

Mark Peterson

Severe storms come and go and trees have adapted to them. Still, trees can sustain major damage. But with the correct pruning we can help accelerate their regrowth.

Recently storms played havoc with our trees. Limbs and trunks were tossed around like toys in a toddler’s playpen. What can we do to help our trees?

  • First, always prune to a bud or a branch. In other words, never leave a stub.
  • Second, use a sharp saw or chainsaw and make a clean cut that is parallel to the trunk. In other words, no rough edges, hinges or pyramids on the corners.
  • Third, always prune just back from the branch collar — the “swelling” or “donut” where two branches meet.
  • Fourth, paint all wounds on oak trees only. No need to worry about the wounds on elms, ashes, pecans, hackberries, mesquites, etc.

Finally, all municipalities have programs to assist in removing the debris. In San Antonio, call 3-1-1 or your city council office to know when they will be in your area.

Severe storms come and go and trees have adapted to them. With the correct pruning we can minimize the damage and accelerate the regrowth.

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