Are you dealing with any tree catastrophes at your house? A heavy snowstorm a few weeks ago started the trend, and now with all the wind and flooding this past weekend, lots of us here in the Hudson Valley are dealing with fallen trees and limbs. Some of my friends have not had power since this weekend!
If a branch is in danger of falling, it’s best to take care of it ASAP. Leaving it could risk further damage to the tree, property and people. The large the broken limb, the more difficult it will be for the tree to recover. At least 50 percent of the tree’s branches should be intact if it’s going to have a good chance at survival. Prune broken branches back to the trunk or closest leader. A wound this large is most likely fatal.
Wounds shouldn’t be dressed with paint or other coverings because research shows that it doesn’t significantly reduce decay, insect infestation or disease.
The University of Missouri has a great webpage with pruning instructions.