Why Prune Shade Trees

Trees in the Rocky Mountain region must be pruned properly to thrive. Shade trees should be pruned to keep them healthy, to control insects and disease, for safety and to reduce their canopy. Pruning a tree can be thought of as cleaning; broken, dead or diseased branches should be removed. These branches are like open…

Wound Dressing

Research from the 1970’s proves that wound dressings applied after branch removal do not prevent decay in woody plants. Some even delay development of callus tissue or “woundwood”. The apparent function of wound dressings is cosmetic, perhaps driven by the perception that tree wounds should be treated like human wounds. Some asphalt-based “sealers” are used…