Trimming a cherry tree - Knowledgebase Question

Kennett Square, pa
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Question by jlowbar0701
April 2, 2007
Is it too late to trim back my cherry tree. The tree is old, there is a lot of dead branches on the tree. It's still nice and I don't want to kill it. If you have any tips on how to make the cherries bigger that would be great. I believe they get eaten by bugs while small, there has also been a lot of beetles the last couple of years that eat the leaves. Hope you can help me rehab. Thank you

Answer from NGA
April 2, 2007
You can trim off dead branches any time, so go ahead and do that. I would suggest you work with your local county extension to develop a care and maintenance plan for the tree and see if you can restore it. Keep in mind that the useful life of most cherry trees is not terribly long -- maybe 15 years or so. In the meantime, you may find their general publication on cherries helpful.

I hope this helps.

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