Posts from the ‘Tree Care’ Category

14′ Tall Japanese Maple Pruning

Pruned the old Japanese maple first time back in early 2011. Here is the fall color in November of the same year. 14 feet tall. This is a weeping Japanese maple. Pruned for:

  • Structural
  • Deadwood removal
  • Pedestrian clearance

 M. D. Vaden of Oregon | Arborist | Certified

Japanese Maple and Arborist Acer Palmatum

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Grove of Titans

Here is a short introduction to the Grove of Titans in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.


Maybe you are already familiar with these giant redwoods from an article, or maybe Preston’s book called “The Wild Trees”.

The photo to the right is Del Norte Titan, one of those big redwoods.

To spare space here, you can find reams more info about these from my Redwoods information page.

See Coast Redwoods Information

Several redwoods have a separate page. Look for Lost Monarch, Del Norte Titan and Screaming Titans.

For now, I’m not planning to distribute a map.

A few folks have found the grove, but any wear was inconsequential, even reversing in 2009.

Pruning should begin the day of planting

pine, pruning, trunk

This damaged pine trunk is related to lack of proper pruning

The pine in this photo had two main stems. A larger one, and a second smaller stem.

After snowfall in Beaverton, Oregon, during the Winter of 2004, the weight of snow bent the small stem sideways, splitting the union. The damage to this tree has no remedy, and the pine had to be removed. That’s about 15 years of growth gone to waste.

Some folks would say that the snow caused the problem. But the problem was lack of pruning. The small stem should have been sawed off the day the tree was planted, when it was no thicker than your thumb.

Corrective pruning should begin at planting or in the first few years, to reduce the risk of this kind of loss. It’s better to loose a small amount of foliage from a young tree, than a lot of foliage from a larger tree. Removal of the small stem at planting time may have removed one quarter of the tree, but that is a better option than what we see in this image, and the potential expense of removal.

M. D. Vaden ~ Arborist