Natural Target Pruning

Correct pruning cuts should be made as close as possible to the branch collar [C].  Start by removing the branch [1 and 2] to prevent tearing the bark, and then make the final cut [3] from A to B.  Do not leave a stub.  Do not injure or remove the collar [C].  Do not cut behind the branch bark ridge [D] where it may protrude within the branch crotch.  Do not paint the wound!

For more on the topic see - Source Modern Arboriculture Page 92

Suggested book on "Pruning".

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