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  1. #1
    Acorn
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    Pruning Advice

    I just planted a Red Maple and Sawtooth Oak from 25 gal. containers. I know most of the pruning rules but I have some questions about newly planted trees.

    1) They could use some pruning right now but shout I wait for domancy?
    2) The maple has several of its lower branches that are almost parallel to the ground (perpendicular to the trunk). Should I remove these? I kind of like the way they look but don't want to damage the tree later if they break off.
    3) The Oak has a long straight trunk, but at about 12-15' it branches into 2 leaders. Should I take one off?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    Sapling
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    RE: Pruning Advice

    1) You should be okay to prune now. I think that the optimal time is actually after the worst part of winter. It causes the trees to come back strong in the sprintime, often putting on a bit more growth than they might otherwise. I personally wait until after the tree is established before any major pruning, but I don't think that really matters much.
    2.) They're not any more likely to break than any other branch, unless there'll be kids trying to climb them, or you get loads of very wet heavy snow. If they do break, they're not likely to damage the tree any more than the breaking of any other branch.
    3.) Since the fork is pretty high of the ground, I would recommend leaving it. That fork (over time) will help the tree fill out a nice wide crown. Not only that, but if you cut one lead (I'm not sure how long these leads are) It will give your tree an off-balance look. So, unless it's particurlalry homly or broken or dead, I would say leave it.

  3. #3
    Oak
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    RE: Pruning Advice

    Hi,
    Only prune now the dead or crossing branches. Except in the case of the oak, I would pick one leader and prune the other one off. The tree will fill out and you won't have cometing central leaders. I didn't do this when my sugar maple was young, and now I seriously regret it.

    Branches that are perpendicular to the trunk of a tree are the most healthy. It's the ones with NARROW crotch angles that we worry about.

    Good luck!
    --Jules
    --Jules

    A TREE GROWER'S DIARY
    “There is just as much beauty in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate, not a grain more.”
    —Henry David Thoreau

  4. #4
    Acorn
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    RE: Pruning Advice

    Hmmmm, conflicting advice on the leaders. Maybe I'll wait for domancy and get a good look at the structure then.

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