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Stem splits from tree

stem split from tree

Winds caused this stem to split from the tree. The tree has been dramatically changed.

Treatment: Carefully remove the split stem and make an appropriate pruning cut at the base of the split as smooth as possible without causing further injury. Then prune the remaining canopy using structural pruning techniques to reduce likelihood of further damage. This entails shortening branches and stems that have defects or those that are about the same size as the leader or main trunk.