Thursday, February 16, 2017
Pecan tree limb pruning and collecting scions
The photo above shows the tree before and after pruning. The side limb I removed looks like it was growing out of a socket in the main trunk. The raised bark area on the trunk that forms that socket is what we call the branch bark collar. I plunged the blade of my chainsaw into the side of the limb just outside the collar and dropped the limb off the tree. Leaving the branch collar intact will help the tree quickly heal over the wound.
three cut method. With the 2.5 inch side limb pictured above I made just 2 cuts. The first cut I made was and undercut about 1/3 the way through the branch. I made this cut at an angle that would promote rapid wound healing. Next I used the chainsaw to plunge cut into the side of the limb to remove the limb.