Tuesday, May 24, 2011

PCC Spring Tree Care Bracing Practice

Our Spring Tree Care class ventured outside to take care of a Juniperus scopulorum 'Tolleson's Green Weeping'. This was a tree we looked at last quarter in the Winter Plant ID course. The first step is to form a plan.
More than a simple case of included bark, this tree actually had two branches that have grown right against each other. We decided on two bracing rods, one above and one below the crotch.
Once we had our plan of attack we drilled the first hole with a very long 3/8" bit to accept a 3/8" rod.
Juan Carlos hacked the rod down to size.
We decided after quite a discussion to remove one small branch that was crossing and twining around the low branch shown on the left. Then we repeated the process for the upper rod, which was a little trickier to line up, but went fine. To me the tree still looks out of balance and would do better without that lower left limb all together.
Here is a look at our handiwork.
Once we were done, we took a look at some cabling done on the Medlar (Mespilus germanica). It looks very in flower.

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