Over Pruning Dwarf Weeping Cherry Help Please

JeffN365February 6, 2013

I did this back in November. I went a little crazy and over pruned my really nice dwarf weeping cherry. As I look at it now it seems I have a bunch of "stumps" I want to clean up as well. My questions are
1. Can I saw off the obvious stumps?
2. Is there a recommendation on how to treat the "wounds". I was thinking of some kind of tar to seal the cuts?
3. I want to repair or help mend the tree so it looks less like it's been chopped nearly to death can anyone recommend a way to do this? I was thinking of sanding the wounds but figure I am probably way wrong in thinking about doing that.
Thank you for any help, by the way the tree is doing fine as far as I can tell. It had gotten overgrown and what started as a little cleanup ended up as well you can see for yourselves.
Thanks again!

This post was edited by JeffN365 on Wed, Feb 6, 13 at 2:03

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AnneCecilia z5 MI

If you are thinking that by 'sawing off the stumps' and 'sanding' (YIKES!) you can make the tree look like nothing ever happened - well, that's just a bad idea. The tree needs some of the branch collar (never, ever prune a branch flush with the main trunk) in order to heal over the wound. Let the poor thing be. It needs to heal as much as it can over your cuts. I bet when it leafs out it won't look quite so bad. Keep it well watered and hope for the best. Lesson learned, eh?
(Oh, and a good rule of thumb to keep in mind in future: in pruning, never remove more than 1/3 of the plant in one growing season.)

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 7:03AM
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