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Proper pruning minimizes injury to trees damaged by high winds

Recent windstorms have toppled or injured many trees in eastern and southeastern Missouri, and a University of Missouri horticulturist said proper care in pruning trees can minimize the damage.

“Some branches will be able to recover if the damage is minor,” said Chris Starbuck, state extension woody plants specialist. “If you have a branch with jagged edges on the break, it’s very difficult for the tree to cover the wound

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