Silver Maple tree/ White Birch - Knowledgebase Question

Question by grosskopf
July 12, 2010
I have many branches that are low and we keep hitting them when cutting the lawn. When is a safe time to cut them back?

Also I would like to cut back White Birch branches. When is this safe?

Answer from NGA
July 12, 2010


You can prune away the misplaced branches on your maple tree now. I'd wait until winter or early spring to prune the birch tree. Bronze Birch Borer insects are active in July and August. Pruning now will provide easy entrance for these pests and wounds will attract them. Wait until the tree is dormant and the borers are not active to make your pruning cuts and your birch should not suffer any ill effects. Good luck with your trees.

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