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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, April LETHBRIDGE 'Amateur gardeners should take time to do the job right9 station grounds to demonstrate the method and reasons for pruning. The first step was to observe branches which were interfering with Ihc growth of strong, healthy, straight branches and branches from other trees which were crowding the crabapple tree. Mr. Brees says branches rubbing together in the wind causes damage to the entire tree, weakening branches and making openings for disease. Once the major problem branches were removed, the men looked lor crooked or crowded branches, selecting ones to remove from an esthetic viewpoint, enhancing its natural shape. Some branches from the adjoining tree were also removed lo provide a growing area for the crabapple tree. To remove the larger branches, Mr. (Toome made a small cut on the1 underside of the branch, about six inches away from the main branch or trunk. About one inch closer to the main branch, on the lop side, the main saw cut was made to remove the branch. This was done to prevent the falling branch from ripping the bark or wood. The small stub left was then sawed off flush with the main branch. A knife was then used to smooth the saw cut and trim the stub closer to the main branch. This promotes better bark growth and if done properly, will aid a complete sealing of the cut. If the trimming isn't done, disease can enter the tree and create a weakened branch- Once all the branches were pruned, a black tar-like wound dressing was applied to all cuts more than one inch in diameter. This prevents the cut from drying out. Wound dressing should be applied every year until the cut is completely healed. Mr Croome says publications on pruning techniques are available from the research station. Similar booklets are available from rid agriculturists. He said professionals are available to do the work but he cautions gardeners to make sure the pruners hold a provincial certificate. In lieu of a certificate, a gardener should ask to see some of I he pruners work or only allow a person who has been recommended lor the work to do the job. It ranch trim -J? t '_ >S L. i. i ;