Friday, January 16, 2009

Tree Care

Of all winter maintenance activities on the golf course one of the most time consuming is tree maintenance. During the growing season the focus is placed towards turfgrass health and playing conditions and tree care is often overlooked at this time. In all reality it is probably best that we are forced to do the majority our tree care during the off season because, this is the best time to do these maintenance items.

Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure done and it is essential for development of a tree with a strong structure, and desirable form. All Pruning should be done with an understanding of how the tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can cause damage that will last for the life of the tree, or worse harm or kill the tree.

Basic pruning involves removing diseased or insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase air and light flow and reduce some pest problems. Pruning can best be used to encourage trees to develop a strong structure and reduce the likelihood of damage during severe weather. Removing broken or damaged limbs encourages wound closure and helps reduce insect and disease attacks.

Proper Pruning Techniques


  • Locate the Branch Bark Ridge (BBR)
  • Find point A (outside BBR)
  • Find point B Branch Bark Collar( BBC)
  • Cut from point A to Point B
Do Not:
  • Make flush cuts behind BBR
  • Leave living or dead stubs
  • Injure or remove BBR
  • Seal cuts with tree paint