Major Deadwood Removal

Posted by shane - January 19, 2011 - Pruning Techniques - No Comments

Major deadwood refers to branches that are 1/4″ (dime-sized) or more in diameter, unless specified.  Occasionally, depending on the situation, I may consider major deadwood to be 1/2″ or greater.  I generally reserve this technique for larger trees, those that I will be climbing with a rope and harness.  Unless there is a specific disease I am trying to control, 1/4″-1/2″ deadwood and above is all that is necessary to remove from the tree, for the sake of esthetics.  Going beyond that point is largely a waste of energy as it cannot be discerned from the ground at heights of 40′ or more.

American Elm, recently pruned to remove major deadwood, Red Deer, AB