tree triming - Knowledgebase Question

Lafayette, In
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Question by gamaw
September 12, 2010
When is the best time to trim trees. What is the best procedure? I have never done this before. The limbs are very low on the trunk. Thanks.

Answer from NGA
September 12, 2010
Pruning encourages new growth, so spring is the best time to prune trees. If you prune now, any new growth your trees develop won't have time to harden off before winter weather arrives and the new growth will die back. You'll need to prune it off again next spring. So, why not wait until next spring to do your pruning. You can safely remove about one third of the live material on a tree or shrub. Start by completly removing the lowest branches if they are in the way, and then thinning out any dead, diseased, crossing or rubbing branches. Cut them back to their points of origin. If you shorten the limbs or branches, make the cuts clean and at an angle so rainwater doesn't collect on the pruning cuts. Hope this information helps.

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