Volunteer trees - Knowledgebase Question

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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.

Answer from NGA
July 15, 2010
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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