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Retired certified master arborist Michael Murphy visited us recently and shared information about the new research-based practice called the natural pruning system. This method removes only twenty percent of the internal canopy shoots and suckers. Eighty percent of the pruning should be at the ends of limbs with the effect of lowering the canopy and making the trees more compact over all. T

he University of Florida used portable wind tunnels and their experiments showed that this practice will dramatically reduce the twisting and bending of trees when experiencing the expected stronger than ever winds from storms and hurricanes due to climate change. Rather than risk losing your shade trees and perhaps having them fall on your house, you can find a certified arborist, search “trees and good,” arrange for an inspection, and perhaps take preventative pruning action now.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.