Tree pruning tips: Go ahead and remove the whole branch

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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:25 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

I commonly encounter trees in our state parks that have had an offending low branch tipped back. I have no doubt that the reason for removing the branch tip was justified – I don't enjoy being poked in the eye by a low branch any more than the next person. Remembering that point, I have a thought to pass along.

Tipping is the removal of the terminal end of a branch, at some random point without regard to where the pruning cut is made. Instead of removing an entire branch at its point of attachment to a larger branch or to the trunk of the tree, the low hanging portion is simply cut off at some convenient point that could be reached, as illustrated in the photo below.

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