Heavy pruning, Joe !!?

HULTGREN arne at snowcrest.net
Wed Jun 16 23:46:04 EST 1999


Pruning to a 33% crown ratio seems severe, but then what do I know about
eastern hardwoods. I know it's pretty minimal for Pacific slope conifers and
would generally select AGAINST such a tree.
Comments?
-Arne

Joseph Zorzin <redoak at forestmeister.com> wrote in message
news:3766375A.43A7F5DD at forestmeister.com...
>bradley wrote:
(snip)

>>  Also, what are your opinions on pruning
>> lower branches of oaks say as you would a walnut stand?
>
>Yes, prune them. By all means. And as the trees grow, keep pruning them.
You
>can prune off live branches too up to 2/3 the height of the tree with no
bad
>effect. But especially prune the ones that will make the final "crop
trees"-
>perhaps 25' or so apart on average. For those, as they get taller,
>eventually prune up the first full log- plus the stump height to about 17'.
>Pruning the crop trees should be a good financial investment of your time
>and cost. Pruning non "crop trees" will look nice, but may not be worth it
>from a strict financial point of view.
>(snip)






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