Info on Mughos - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
Question by dfgquilter
May 10, 2008
Hi.... My mughos are near the street and are starting to block my view of traffic. I need to cut them back about 2 feet. They have candles on them now. When can I cut them back safely and
where on the stems do I cut them? Will the tops grow back with candles and look good again? Please help!
Sincerely,, Dorian

Answer from NGA
May 10, 2008


If you shear your pines back they may never recover. The best way to keep evergreens under control is to break off the candles or half of the candle's length every spring. If you cut back to bare wood (wood that's 3-4 years old), evergreens rarely produce new needles and you'll end up with a lopsided tree. If you do some selective pruning you may be able to thin the branches out so that you still have some green but you also reduce the width and your line of sight.

Best wishes with your trees.

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