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Pruning mature trees or removing large limbs, is best done by a professional tree care company. When to Prune In general, prune shade trees when dormant, during late winter or spring prior to budbreak.
Extensive pruning during shoot growth and leaf expansion in late spring, or other active growth periods, can place a tree under stress, and/or may generate an excessive number of water sprouts.
Jul 05, A rule of thumb is to summer prune once the tree has put on approximately two feet of growth. Two feet of new branches and leaves is enough to cause quite a bit of shading to lower branches. This can happen much earlier than summer, however. One of my fruit trees grew so fast and early this year that I had to “summer” prune it back in stumpcleanup.bars: Aug 13, Step one: Select the branch that you want to remove.
On large limbs, the first cut should be 12 to 18 inches from the limb’s point of attachment. The pruning cut should be an undercut made 1∕2 way through the branch (see diagram).
Pruning in the summer will cause a loss of food production due to the removal of foliage. This restricts root development and slows the overall process of tree growth. It is better to prune a tree-in-need at any time of the year than to leave it unpruned, but summer pruning should be moderate or slight in order to discourage excessive sprouting and disease.
Do not prune deciduous shrubs in late summer. Pruning shrubs in August or early September may encourage a late flush of growth.
Healthy, well-maintained shrubs should require only light to moderate pruning.
This new growth may not harden sufficiently before the arrival of cold weather and be susceptible to winter injury. In general, pruning has a greater benefit if it is performed while the tree is young.
Wounds are smaller and recovery is more rapid. This document will discuss pruning young trees and older trees separately. Deciduous trees are those that lose their leaves and go through a dormant period in response to cold (and sometimes drought).