Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell's helpful publication "Tree Pruning Essentials" is now available in a Spanish-language version, "Lo Esencial Para la Poda de Árboles." This publication explores the techniques behind good pruning, from the planning process before planting to monitoring the tree's response after the pruning cuts.
Trees continue to survive in spite of the many challenges they face in the urban environment. However, to grow from seedling to a mature tree in the urban forest, they need our help. They are the largest, oldest living organisms on the planet and can live long, healthy lives with some assistance. We often place trees in less-than-favorable growing locations that don't allow natural development and maturity and often require pruning to develop a durable structure, improve clearance and maintain aesthetics.
Pruning has been called "one of the best, worst maintenance practices" performed on trees. The process creates wounds, which have a major impact on plant processes. Improper cutting on a tree causes severe damage or even death. To prune properly, it is important to understand both the proper techniques and how the tree responds to pruning.
Lo Esencial Para la Poda de Árboles (Tree Pruning Essentials)- The Education Store, Purdue Extension Resource Center
Instalacion de arboles: Proceso y practicas (Tree Installation) - The Education Store, Purdue Extension Resource Center
Tree Pruning Essentials - The Education Store
Trees and Storms - The Education Store
Tree Risk Management - The Education Store
Prune Your Trees - Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Got Nature? - Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources Blog
Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry Specialist
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources