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Name: Eddie
Shelby, OH
May 26, 2014 8:05 PM CST
When is the best time to trim a red maple tree? It's about 8 years old and it was a memorial gift of when my dad passed away. I've never wanted to trim it, but this year the branches are so low and hard to mow around. Thanks for your time.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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May 26, 2014 8:44 PM CST
Not in the spring or it will bleed too much sap (learned that the hard way). Better in the late summer, early fall/autumn.
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Name: Rick R.
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May 27, 2014 7:29 AM CST
Yes, maples (especially) will bleed profusely in the spring, but if the tree is healthy, it won't hurt it. I wouldn't worry about it if you are just cutting a few 1.5 inch or smaller diameter branches, but if you need a bulk trimming then it is much better to wait until mid to late summer rather than early fall. This way, the the tree wounds will heal faster. early fall is certainly acceptable, though.

If you cut in spring, if the sap flows down on the tree bark, it's likely that the tree bark will be permanently stained for a few years.

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