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Trees – storm damaged

Peter Gillitzer, Research Asst.

Ice, wind and snow storms wreak havoc on trees in the Upper Midwest. This document provides steps that should be taken after a storm.

First, make a cut about one-third of the way through the limb on the underside of the branch, about one foot out from the branch attachment.

The second cut removes the weight of the branch, and should be made from the top, about two inches farther out from the first cut.

The third cut is made to neatly remove the limb stub. The cut should be made just outside the branch collar, a slight raised ring or band where the wood of the main branch and the limb merge together. For more information on the three-cut technique see the United States Forest Service publication, How to prune trees.

For more information, see the Extension publication Storm damage to landscape trees: prediction, preventing and treatment. Or contact the Department of Forest Resources Extension and Outreach office at 612-624-3020.


How to Prune Trees
Storm Damage to Landscape Trees: Prediction, Preventing and Treatment

Reviewed by Mike Reichenbach 3/09


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