Pruning – It’s a Timing Thing
Generally speaking, pruning objectives for young deciduous (trees that lose their leaves in the winter) include development of a disease-free symmetrical plant. Pruning of trees correctly when they are young eliminates many problems encountered by owners of middle-aged and/or mature trees. Thus, when the pruning takes place, timing is critical in two respects: time of year and time in the plant’s life.
The following 8 rules help to achieve these goals:
- Start pruning when the plant is young
- Maintain a central branch leader
- Eliminate narrow V-crotches
- Remove dead and diseased branches
- Eliminate insect infected, rubbing, deformed branches
- Make cuts 3/8” above bud when pruning to a bud
- Make cuts to the branch collar, eliminating stubs
- Select well-spaced, broach angle scaffolding branches to remain.
Pruning can also be done by contacting the professionals at Twin Oaks Landscape.