Annual Tree Pruning Steps from Planting to Maturity

Tree Pruning, trimming, or cutting is an on going process throughout the life of your tree. After selecting the right tree and carefully planting it, early pruning is the most important thing you can do for a young tree.

 

Tree Pruning Steps at Planting

Leave as much of the leaf surface as possible to help build a larger root system.

Do prune the following:

-Broken branches

-Branches competing with the leader

-Remove tree tags

 

Tree Pruning: After 3 to 4 Years

Root growth should be large and well on its way to anchoring  the transplant.

-Cut off root suckers and sprouts in the crown

-Thin excessive branches to reduce competition for light, water, and nutrients

-Remove codominant leader

-Eliminate branches that rub or growing in undesirable directions

 

Tree Pruning: After 5 to 7 Years

Time to make a good tree even better.

-Lower limbs are pruned off to raise the bottom branches to your preferred height

-Cut back wild ends that protrude from the crown

-Inspect tree to see if you need to remove a branch here or there for even spacing

 

Tree Pruning: 15 Years After Planting

With proper pruning at the beginning of  your trees life your tree will have a better chance of surviving extreme conditions such as windstorms, ice, and drought.  Each spring, look for dead or damaged limbs and remove as needed.

 
 
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