Healing and Defects Following Oak Pruning
Abstract:This article gives the results of experiments in oak pruning, which show that decay hazard increases with wound width. It is bad practice to prune branches that will result in wounds wider that 1.5 inches. Best results will follow late dormant or early growing-season pruning, providing care is taken in making the wound, on trees 5 inches or less in d.b.h., with the aid of a ladder and handsaw. The pruning of open-grown white oak is not recommended because of subsequent water sprouts.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Associate Pathologist, Division of Forest Pathology, Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Administration, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Asheville, N. C.
Publication date: July 1, 1948
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