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  1. #1
    Oak
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    Maple pruning question with photos

    Hello, the below photos are of my three year old arbor day red maple which has been growing nicely in my yard. Now that the tree is about 2 yards (meters) tall or so I think its time to remove the lower branches which are about knee high.

    I would like to get the sharpest pruning device I can and make first the outer cut (in red on the second pic) on the long low branch and then the inner cut if the first went well. Do I have the correct idea on how to cut off this branch? Also, I figure I should wait to prune the branch growing opposite it until the wound has healed over. That way I don't girdle my own tree.

    Thanks for any advice.


    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

  2. #2
    pwk16
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    RE: Maple pruning question with photos

    Pruning them off will remove some leaf surface area that the tree uses to feed itself. I think you have the right idea about what and where to prune, but I would not rush into anything. These limbs will supply the roots with food this summer and help it to grow.

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