Rubbing Limbs and Trimming: Essential Techniques for Tree Care and Maintenance

October 20, 2023
Sunny Crutchfield


Rubbing Limbs: In this informative video, ISA Certifed Arborist Wes Rivers delves into the intricate world of trees and the potential hazards of rubbing limbs. As we explore a specific scenario involving a small elm tree and a larger post oak tree, we uncover how seemingly harmless interactions between branches. It can result in significant structural and health-related challenges for these arboreal giants. The video vividly illustrates how the process unfolds. As the wind rustles through the branches, the limbs of the small elm tree come into contact with those of the towering post oak. Over time, this repeated contact causes the bark to wear away. This leaves behind wounds on both trees. These wounds can serve as gateways for decay pathogens, insidiously weakening the branches and compromising the trees’ structural integrity.

As the trees continue to grow and the rubbing persists, the situation is exacerbated. It potentially sets off a downward spiral of declining health and eventual loss. 

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