Re: RFI leaving stumps when pruning trees

Subject: Re: RFI leaving stumps when pruning trees
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 14:44:41 +1100
Michael -

At 06:52 PM 13/11/00 +1100, you wrote:
>He said "The issue of leaving stubs / stumps from dead branches
>unfortunatley goes against all good arboriculture practice and
>therefore I am not comfortable with that.
>The reason being that this type of pruning is consistent with
>lopping whichleaves the trees system open to attack from pest
>and disease."

I am not an aborist, but my answer would be that diseases are part of
natural ecosystems, as are parasites and predators, and 'good arboriculture
practice' is a simplistic way of looking after ecosystems and communities.
It is, rather, a way of treating individual trees, something that
presumably arose from forestry practices, or ornamental gardening, but is
inappropriate for dealing with general environmental management.  In a
phrase, 'he can't see the wood for the trees'.


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