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how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

Posted by ken_adrian z5 (My Page) on
Wed, May 23, 12 at 15:14

here it is in its glory [???]
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lets see .. its prunus.. it has gumosis ...

its a plum .. it has black knot ...

it causing abnormal growth on a nice blue spruce ... by shading it ...

it has old unhealing wounds from sunscald a decade ago ... lack of vigor ...

and i have the chainsaw out ... hmmm .. what to do.. what to do .... i feel inspiration arising .... lol...

and.. TO TOP IT ALL OFF.. it was knocking my hat off while mowing the lawn on the rider at speed .. and that is usually the final straw ...

here it is.. with all problems solved ... in one fell swoop .... plus a drip of roundup on the cambian of the stump ... [actually.. it was 6 fell swoops.. but who is counting ...]

life is good.. mine .. not its ...

ken

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RE: how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

I think that the technical term for that is 'basal cut'!


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RE: how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

  • Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
    Wed, May 23, 12 at 15:40

Good move in keeping that spruce...at least I hope you do!


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RE: how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Wed, May 23, 12 at 15:57

Glad to see you got rid of a 'Junk' tree. Nothing but trouble, and they're everywhere! Your's was one of the better looking ones too.
Around here, I think it's the most pruned tree we have and the more it's pruned, the more you have to. The leaves always look a little worse for wear by the middle of summer and not much for Fall color.
Good move!
Mike


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RE: how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

Beautiful view now Ken. I'd try to keep the Spruce too if it's not in the way of the whole view you were hoping for. It's a gorgeous setting now with the others gone.
Cher


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RE: how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

...with malice aforethought.

It needed doing. Nicely done.

tj


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...with malice aforethought.

===>>> OMG.. you stole my line.. you got you some legal training there??? being a junkie and all .. lol ...

REDRUM!!!!!

basil cut cracked me up too ...

ken


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RE: how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

My husband is always reluctant to take out any tree that to him is 'mature', regardless of its location, form, etc etc. The arborist and I long ago decided to term those situations as requiring 'basal cuts'. Since it was technical advice from an expert, he deemed it appropriate to follow. Only when the tree was down did he realize what he had agreed to!


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RE: how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

  • Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
    Wed, May 23, 12 at 16:48

At least you had good intention pairing up the purple with the blue.


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RE: how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

I knew before I even clicked on the thread... :)


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RE: how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Wed, May 23, 12 at 20:28

At least your chainsaw fever is under control....so far.
Now you have a lot of brush to burn. Fun!
Mike


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