Structural Pruning on a Walnut
I worked on an aesthetic and structural improvement to a nice, healthy, and attractive English walnut in the orchard at Raintree Nursery. The tree is quite productive of nuts as well. So, anyway, I thought I should do something easy and straightforward to improve this great tree! I took out one branch and it made all the difference!
Here's the before photo:
Then, what I did…
First, I made a wedge cut so that the branch wouldn't tear off the trunk, causing damage that couldn't heal.
A good cut, that can heal, is made at the branch collar.
Then, having judged the branch too hefty, I cut it back about halfway from the outside before finally cutting from above. It would have been safer to have cut the branch back even farther (a thorough jump cut: https://www.thespruce.com/pruning-heavy-branches-and-jump-cutting-3269555). Fortunately, the cut was a clean success.
Ha! Now the tree has a more appealing form. More practically, the damp trunk will dry out and grass control under the tree's limbs will be easier.
I find it's a grand walnut. I hope this cut was not too radical for the tree. Pardon me, tree, my learning! Hot dry weather allowed it in my mind. Trees can heal when the cut is clean and conditions are dry.
Live long lordly walnut! I wanted only to inflict that calculated blow.
Thank you for reading! There will be many more pruning blogs to come...
Happy growing! Because, after all, change is the only constant. -Xander Rose