The Q&A Archives: Pruning a Maple Tree

Question: We planted a tree a couple of years ago. It's about 6Ft. when planted. My question is how do you go about pruning the tree if any. It's a Red Maple the kind that the leaves are green during the spring and summer and begin to turn red in the fall. The tree is now about 10 to 12 FT. tall.

Answer: Winter, while the tree is dormant is a good time to prune it back. Begin by removing any branches that are crossing or rubbing. Prune out anything that is dead. Then reduce the height of the branches if the tree is growing too tall. You can safely remove about one-third of the plant without compromising its health. Enjoy your maple tree!

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