Last month the birch in our front garden was spraying sap as it was surrounded by flies. These flies can get into wounds and infect the tree.
As this tree was trimmed rather badly, it has some unsightly wounds which can lead to infection.
We took out the diseased branches. I took out a small branch, of my own height, whereas my partner took out a hefty branch, which is one reason I only prune small trees, apart from the safety aspects of cutting down branches from a larger established tree, I don’t carry a ladder.
Now for the final cut.