Limbing Mature Non-Fruiting Cherry Tree


Old 09-30-05, 12:36 PM
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Limbing Mature Non-Fruiting Cherry Tree

We have an older looking Cherry tree in the front yard of our house.
Its perhaps 20' tall, and has a limb or two that extend over the house.

Looking in the attic, it appears there was a prior squirrel infestation.
We've sealed where they got in (dormer of the garage), but i'd prefer to do everything I canto keep them off the roof in the first place.

The idea is to remove the limbs (2-3) that extend over the house.
Other than removing them via the 3 cut method, is there anything else we need to do?
Limbs are all on one side of the tree, though not of significant (less than 5-10%?) of the leafy section of the tree. Any issue with offbalancing the tree?

Next, we remove some juniper bushes near the base of the tree and would like to level out the soil and extend our lawn over the area.

Any issue with adding a few inches of soil around the tree? I know you're not supposed to bury a trunk, but will a few inches make a difference?
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Old 09-30-05, 01:57 PM
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Changing the load balance of the tree is a concern that you seem to have addressed. Proper cutting is another one you seem to have covered. It is necessary to trim trees to protect your property. Preventing a squirrel avenue is a good reason.

Adding more than an inch of soil to the root system of a tree can kill it through deprivation of oxygen. A bed of mulch is an alternative where the junipers are removed.

Hope this helps.
Old 09-30-05, 03:06 PM
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One quick question, as I'm new to this whole landscaping gig.

As a child, I remember my grandparents removing a large limb from a tree. (peach if it matters) They coated the cut on the trunk with some kind of tar-compound.

Is this required? If so what exactly was the sealant?
Old 10-01-05, 04:30 PM
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I use Pruning Paint. Comes in a spray can like spay paint. Black is the only color I have ever seen it in. It helps the cut heal faster/easier. Can get it at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. About $3.00 a can.
Old 10-02-05, 03:25 PM
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For pruning tips:

Treating cuts is really not necessary and can actually be detrimental.

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