What is CODIT Pruning
What is CODIT Pruning
Trees provide shade and beauty, create oxygen, reduce greenhouse gases, help prevent erosion, and even increase property values But in the absence of adequate maintenance, trees are vulnerable to pests, disease, and structural flaws that can lead to their failure (fall). Pruning is an essential part of caring for trees. To enhance the stability and structure of trees, qualified ISA arborists, like us at Johnson Ops Tree Care we apply CODIT (Compartmentalization of Decay in Trees) trimming procedures.
What is CODIT Pruning? CODIT pruning removes branches that are harming the tree and gets rid of growth that has decomposed as well as preventing deterioration. Maintaining the health of a tree is crucial, particularly if it is facing any of the structural problems mentioned above. By using CODIT pruning techniques, trees can be maintained robust and disease-free by:
- Removing one stem to address co-dominant stems
- Preventing entanglement by addressing lateral growth within the crown
- Correcting entanglement by removing one branch to free the other
- Removing water sprouts that rob resources from the main branches and threaten its structure
- Removing suckers that sap nutrients away from the tree and could crowd the tree
- Thinning the canopy to let light in for photosynthesis and prevent entanglement
- Removing dead or dying limbs to prevent further die out and stimulate new growth
Knowing Tree Growth and Its Structural Risks
To learn about CODIT pruning, its best to have an understanding of how trees grow and some typical structural issues that could endanger the tree. A tree that experiences structural problems may become dangerous and endanger both humans and property. A tree with good structure will withstand strong winds and be less likely to fall over or break off branches.
With proper CODIT tree pruning, many common structural issues can be prevented or addressed include:
- Co-dominant stems – two stems competing for dominance
- Entangled branches – branches that have crossed each other or twisted around another branch
- Water sprouts – branches that shoot straight up and drain resources
- Suckers – new growth shooting out from low on the trunk or from the roots
- Overcrowding – too many interior branches in the crown, preventing light from reaching through
- Bark inclusion – when two branches grow into each other, trapping bark between them
Importance of Professional Pruning
A regular tree trimming and pruning schedule is essential to maintaining healthy, beautiful trees and the value of your property. The techniques used by a certified arborist performing CODIT pruning can ensure the continued health and beauty of your trees. By avoiding and addressing structural issues, your trees will thrive and provide shade, oxygen, beauty, and value for your property for years to come.
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