Volunteer trees - Knowledgebase Question

BOSTON, Ma
Question by drlynda6
July 15, 2010
I have several volunteers trees that have taken over and smotherd some flowering bushes i.e. maple and two that I think are weeds grown into trees. I would like to cut them so that the bushes can grow back. It looks like they may be giving us wind protection in the winter.


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Answer from NGA
July 15, 2010

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If you prune off the tops of the volunteers and then shear them all over you'll promote branching and a bushy growth habit. Annual pruning will be necessary but aside from that, there's no reason you can't keep them small to provide a wind break in your landscape. Best wishes with your project!

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