pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Hale, Mi
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Question by jlb4662
August 24, 2010
I am part of a Garden Club that plants and cares for our towns beautification project. We have Gingo Biloba, Emerald Queen Maple and Autumn Blaze Maples that have been in the ground for 8 years and are doing very well but they do need a bit of pruning. When is the best time for doing this?
Thank you, Janet

Answer from NGA
August 24, 2010
Spring, just as new growth begins, is the best time to prune your trees. Pruning usually prompts new growth. If you prune in the late summer or in the fall the trees may react by sending out new growth which won't be winter hardy. The new growth can die back during the winter months and you'll need to prune again in the spring. If you wait until spring to prune, the new growth will have plenty of time to mature before fall arrives. Best wishes with your landscape project!

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