Citizen Pruners Training, Spring 2009

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Newton Citizen Pruners Mike Beeler of Waban and Barbara Darnell of Newton Highlands remove suckers growing from the base of a tree during outdoor training along Albemarle Rd.

Newton Citizen Pruners Mike Beeler of Waban and Barbara Darnell of Newton Highlands remove suckers growing from the base of a tree during outdoor training along Albemarle Rd.


After making a first cut on the underside of a branch to limit bark tearing, Barbara Darnell makes a second cut to remove the bulk of a branch. A third cut closer to the trunk just outside the branch collar will remove the rest.

After making a first cut on the underside of a branch to limit bark tearing, Barbara Darnell makes a second cut to remove the bulk of a branch. A third cut closer to the trunk just outside the branch collar will remove the rest.


Barbara Darnell of Newton Highlands uses loppers to remove a watersprout during Newton Citizen Pruners training.

Barbara Darnell of Newton Highlands uses loppers to remove a watersprout during Newton Citizen Pruners training.


Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch discusses a little leaf linden which was pruned about three years ago by Newton Citizen Pruners. Its lower branches are not permanent branches, and will eventually be removed.

Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch discusses a little leaf linden which was pruned about three years ago by Newton Citizen Pruners. Its lower branches are not "permanent" branches, and will eventually be removed.


Pruning cuts on this little leaf linden were made by Newton Citizen Pruners about three years ago to reduce these non-permanent branches, slowing down their growth in relation to the main trunk so that when the branch is eventually removed, the diameter of the cut will be smaller than it would otherwise be, and easier for the tree to seal over.

Pruning cuts on this little leaf linden were made by Newton Citizen Pruners about three years ago to "reduce" these non-permanent branches, slowing down their growth in relation to the main trunk so that when the branch is eventually removed, the diameter of the cut will be smaller than it would otherwise be, and easier for the tree to seal over.


Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch demonstrates using a handsaw to remove a branch in three steps, during Newton Citizen Pruners training.

Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch demonstrates using a handsaw to remove a branch in three steps, during Newton Citizen Pruners training.


Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch uses a pole clip to remove a competing double leader on this red maple, cutting back to a smaller branch.

Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch uses a pole clip to remove a competing "double leader" on this red maple, cutting back to a smaller branch.


Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch points out water sprouts, which probably grew in response to previous pruning cuts, and which should be removed, because they do not form strong branch attachments.

Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch points out water sprouts, which probably grew in response to previous pruning cuts, and which should be removed, because they do not form strong branch attachments.


Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch, left, Newton Tree Conservancy director Jack Wittenberg, and other new Citizen Pruner trainees look at how this tree is actively sealing over damage from where a branch had torn off.

Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch, left, Newton Tree Conservancy director Jack Wittenberg, and other new Citizen Pruner trainees look at how this tree is actively sealing over damage from where a branch had torn off.


Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch discusses a tree during Newton Citizen Pruners outdoor training along Albemarle Rd. Among other things, this tree has many suckers at its base which needed to be removed.

Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch discusses a tree during Newton Citizen Pruners outdoor training along Albemarle Rd. Among other things, this tree has many suckers at its base which needed to be removed.


Newton Citizen Pruners gather for outdoor training along Albemarle Rd. near the Gath Pool, Saturday morning April 4.

Newton Citizen Pruners gather for outdoor training along Albemarle Rd. near the Gath Pool, Saturday morning April 4.


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