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Old 02-08-2019, 12:00 PM   #1
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Pruning Paint


Howdy all!
So, I pruned one tree on my property , and now having dilemma:
To use OR NOT to use Pruning Paint (a.k.a Pruning Sealer)?
I googled numerous sites and it is kind of perplexing - they all pretty much "split" , some do say - "you need to do so", some do say completely the opposite.

And all have "substantiated evidences" .
So, " from the trenches " - what's Your opinion ?


My neighbor (few hundred yards down ) did use Sealer, so i've attached his tree as well as mine. I pruned mine about 2-3 weeks ago, right before "The Arctic Blizzard" in Mid-Atlantic", so , if it is to be done - it's not too late?
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:52 PM   #2
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You'll probably get a continuation of the same yea/nay opinions. My uneducated opinion is not necessary; the cells of the wound will heal over fairly quickly. It might be different if there is a concern of insect infestation into the wound but I haven't encountered that.
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Back in the 60s I always heard you needed to paint the cuts, then a few decades later I heard it wasn't necessary. All I know for sure is I've not primed a cut in over 30 yrs and haven't noticed any negative effects from not doing so.
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I think Mark's right - the old school guys might paint but current convention is not to do so.
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It depends on the time of year and if there's any imminent diseases in your area or not. For example, if you cut your live oaks, it was spring and oak wilt was in your area, you'd be crazy to not apply a sealer/protectant. if it was cold winter and no oak wilt in your area, then no.


It takes a common sense approach based on the time of yr and environmental conditions....good luck
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