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by Dr. Alex Shigo

The acronym CODIT is short for compartmentalization of decay or damage in trees. We use this term when a tree is wounded. This can be damage by a mechanical injury or even pruning a branch. This is the natural process that isolates damaged areas from healthy tissue near the tree's wound.

This compartmentalization prevents the passage of pathogens to healthy wood. Resistance to decay is carried out by the tree's compartmentalization.

Trees don't heal wounds. Instead, they close wounds. If the wound is not too large, they form a protective barrier. This is called compartmentalization. How a tree is pruned makes all the difference. Poor pruning can cause branch or whole tree failure. That is why we make the smallest cuts possible when pruning your trees.

CODIT is supported by scientific research and accepted by all qualified arborists. CODIT should be followed regardless of the desired outcome of pruning: weight distribution, light distribution, or even aesthetic pruning.

Let's talk about CODIT at our first meeting and learn more about how we follow and adhere to this scientific data.

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