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     pruning pruning Presentation Transcript

    • Pruning Tree: Crape Myrtle Term: Pruning
    • Crape Myrtle Lagerstoemia
      • Deciduous Flowering Tree
      • Hardiness Zones: 7 to 10
      • Height: 5 – 30’
      • Exposure: full sun
      • Bloom Color: Lavender, Pink, Purple, Red, White
      • Bloom Time: Mid summer to Mid Fall
      • Relatively drought tolerant
      • Grow very fast!
      • Has very showy summer flowers and attractive bark
      • Should be pruned to multiple stems with all branches below 3 -4’ removed
    • Pruning
      • The removal of living plant tissue to stimulate growth, remove dead tissue, or reshape a shrub or tree.
    • Crape Myrtle Cultivars
      • Vary in size
      • Vary in color
      • Vary in fall color
      • Vary in bark color
      • Vary in growth habits
      • Varieties
    • Tutorial
      • Go to this website
      • Go thru the tutorial
    • 5 Harmful Cuts
      • Topping
      • Tipping
      • Bark ripping
      • Flesh Cutting
      • Stub setting
    • Pruning
      • Removes Apical Dominance
      • Makes plants bushier
    • Types of pruning cuts
      • Heading:
      • Cut end of stem off
      • Thinning:
      • Remove back to trunk or large stem
    • Heading cuts
      • Cut just above a bud
      • Get new growth at the tips
      • Crape Myrtles
    • Other techniques
      • Pollarding
      • Topping
    • Espalier
      • Pruning trees to make the 2 dimensional
    • Thinning cuts
      • Cut whole branches to the stem or trunk
      • Get more vigorous growth on the remaining branches
      • Important on fruit trees
    • Spacing
    • What to remove? This will be on the exam!
    • Heading Cut: Where to cut
    • Thinning Cut: Where to cut?
    • How to cut large branches
    • Tools
      • A good pair of pruning shears is probably one of the most important tools. Cuts up to 3/4 inches in diameter may be made with them
    • Tools
      • Lopping shears are similar to pruning shears, but their long handles provide greater leverage needed to cut branches up to 11/2 inches in diameter
    • Hedge Shears
      • Hedge shears are meant only for pruning hedges, nothing else. They usually cut succulent or small stems best. Cut multiple small stems with each stroke.
    • Hand Saws
      • Hand saws are very important for cutting branches over 1 inch in diameter. Many types of hand saws are available. Special tri-cut or razor tooth pruning saws cut through larger branches — up to 4 inches in diameter — with ease
    • Pole Saws
      • Pole saws allow for extended reach with a long handle, but they must be used carefully as it’s difficult to achieve clean cuts with them
    • When to prune
      • Spring flowering shrubs & trees – right after blooming
        • Flower on last years growth
      • Summer flowering shrubs & trees – in dormant season
        • Decrease opportunity for disease
      • When in doubt prune when dormant
    • Crape Myrtle
    • Draw where to prune Put in your notebook