Name: Dave Dorsett Evanston, Illinois As always, advice much appreciated!
Hi, we have a 10 yr old redbud that I have yr to yr cut off some smallish branches that blocked light into our place. Looks like maybe I didn't do it correctly, I didn't seal the cuts, etc. Now the branches I cut look pretty darn dead, though the tree have bloomed nicely this year. Here are pix of dead branches distance/close and some ok blooming branches. Ideas? Help greatly appreciated!!
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet. Texas (Zone 8a) Quitter's never Win
Clean your pruning hand bow saw and cut out far on a limb to reduce the weight. Then cut a little closer to the final cut, that way the tree limb won't rip the main tree bark. When most of the weight is off, cut close to the main stem leaving 1/3 a inch for a collar. Keep all the dead wood cut off because that is where disease starts. When your tree is dormant is the best time to prune however you can cut off dead wood anytime of the year. I love Redbuds and yours bloom well!
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌