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Do you suffer from galls or cankers?
I just have to grin when I hear that. The thought of some medication commercial coming up with side effects so horrific, I’d rather have a canker! Maybe…
With all the leaves gone on our trees and shrubs, it’s a good time to take a careful look at their branches for galls or cankers.
Cankers and Galls [University of Minnesota Extension] This link will take you to a wealth of information!
There are numerous types of cankers and galls caused by a variety of reasons. The important thing to remember is that they cut off the water and nutrient flow to the branch, girdling it. This will eventually kill the tree.
Burn or bury any cankered branches. This will help with disease management. Don’t compost them.
When you make a pruning cut, be sure to disinfect your pruners with rubbing alcohol or Lysol. You can also use a 10% bleach solution but this tends to rust your tools.