Undoubtedly, tree pruning is vital for your tree. It helps all parts of the tree get exposure to sunlight and improves its health and life. However, pruning often causes tree wounds. Therefore, after pruning, you need to take proper care of your tree. Before diving into the aftercare tips, it is essential to understand what happens to a tree during the pruning process.
What Happens to a Tree During Pruning?
Like other living things, trees too have a natural response to damage, which they have well developed. During pruning, the tree has the same reaction if the limbs were chopped off during a natural disaster like a storm.
After the limbs are cut off, the tree recovers in stages. It begins by forming a special coating that helps repel harmful organisms. The layer is made of lignin and appears like glue which helps hold the tree cells together.
The coating forms from the wound and works towards the center of the tree. Therefore, the wounded area is encased in a shell until it heals. Lastly, new growth begins over the wound to form a new limb.
Taking Proper Care of Your Tree After Pruning
It is essential to seek professional tree pruning services to minimize the damage to your tree. If you have already pruned your tree, you can take care of it by doing the following:
Dressing Any Inflicted Wounds
If you notice any wounded area of the tree, you should dress the wound. Dressing the wound helps prevent the tree from drying and dying. It also helps prevent fungal growth, decay, and other infestations.
You can use a pruning sealer, which is a petroleum-based solution. Paint the solution on the exposed areas of the tree, which have recently been pruned off. The solution protects the tree from insects and prevents it from losing excessive sap.
Ensure the Tree Gets Sufficient Water
During pruning, a tree undergoes immense stress. To help recover after pruning, ensure the tree gets sufficient water. Consider regular watering to help the tree support new shoots that will soon develop as the tree recovers.
Additionally, you can add some small amounts of tree fertilizer. The fertilizer will boost the growth of the wound-closing tissues; thus, helping the tree heal sooner. Also, when adding fertilizer, slightly till the soil at the tree's base for good air circulation. Tilling will also help the fertilizer get deep into the soil and get absorbed by the roots.
Tree pruning is a sensitive process which professionals best handle. For more information, contact a tree service.
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