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Julie01-Oct-04 06:53 PM EST 4b   
02-Oct-04 08:37 PM EST   
Ed02-Nov-05 09:22 AM EST 4b   
patti04-Apr-06 02:53 PM EST 5a   
Erin04-Apr-06 09:11 PM EST 6a   

Subject: Tree Pruning
From: Julie
Zone: 4b
Date: 01-Oct-04 06:53 PM EST

When should tree pruning begin (and end)? We have about 12+ acres of 25-year old trees (white, red pine and spruce) that were reforested by previous owner of this property. The trees are looking bedraggled, and are reaching for the sun. All the lower branches have died, up to a height of at least 15 feet. What I would like to know is at what point in the season should one do pruning of lower limbs of these trees. Also, should these trees be thinned out? They lie about 6 to 8 feet in each direction, and they seem much too close to each other.

Subject: RE: Tree Pruning
Date: 02-Oct-04 08:37 PM EST

julie if the limbs are dead,broken or rubbing they can be removed at any time. It s easier to prune when trees are dormant(winter) because the tree structure can be easily seen and on pines the sap should not be flowing to bad, its ok if it does just messing. julie

Subject: RE: Tree Pruning
From: Ed
Zone: 4b
Date: 02-Nov-05 09:22 AM EST

The previous owner obviously had no better use for the land than to reforest. The dead lower branches are nature's way of pruning trees that are planted too close together and these will eventally fall off by themselves if left alone. You now have all kinds of choices depending on your interests and intentions - If none of the trees serve any further purpose, removing all of them is certainly an option, allowing you to cultivate and create a lawn/garden of your dreams. On the other hand, you may wish to save some in which case removing the dead branches any time at your convenience will certainly tidy them up but don't waste your time waiting for the lower branches to grow back - it won't happen ! Good luck !

Subject: RE: Tree Pruning
From: patti
Zone: 5a
Date: 04-Apr-06 02:53 PM EST

I have some overgrown apple trees and crabapples trees that need pruning to keep them managable in a fairly small yard. Any suggestions?

Subject: RE: Tree Pruning
From: Erin
Zone: 6a
Date: 04-Apr-06 09:11 PM EST

In regards to the previous question, I think it is important to point out that, reforestation is not a last resort use for land and the 12 acres of trees will always be serving an important purpose. Your region may have several reforestation projects in place, some to create wildlife corridors by conecting forests, some to sequester carbon dioxide to reduce global warmming, or as a wind break to reduce soil erosion. In some instances landowners do plant tree plantations, trees they intend to harvest in the future. In any case the trees will always be providing habitat to the local wildlife. I think it would be wise to leave the trees alone and take advantage of the diversity of wildlife they can bring to your garden. As a gardeners I feel we are appreciators of nature and should respect the importance of our local ecosystems by trying to incorporate our gardens into the natural landscape, not degrade it.

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