Prune side branches back to the main branch or trunk, leaving the collar.
Apr 14, Late winter is the ideal time to prune your trees, but we understand that most people don’t want to be outside in the Minnesota cold pruning trees. So, if you didn’t put on your mittens last month and clean up your trees, do it now.
You want to prune before foliage obscures your trees’ structure and so the new growth will heal the pruning. Aug 19, Improper Cuts: A very common tree trimming mistake when removing branches is to cut them off too close, or flush, to the main trunk.
By doing this, you remove the branch collar; an area of tissue with specialized cells that help heal the wound. You'll recognize it as a small swelling, or bump, right where the branch meets the trunk. You will want to make the first cut several inches away from where you want the finish cut to be.
Start by making a cut underneath about a 1/3 of the way up through the branch. Then make a cut from the top all the way through just to the side that you are cutting off from the under cut you just made. Apr 20, DON’T prune during fall. No matter what type of shrub you have, fall pruning can stimulate late-season growth that may not have enough time.
If you are doing your own work, you can evaluate your trees and adjust your practice as you go. If you are hiring the work done, you need to be able to communicate your goals to your crew or contractor.
You may even decide that shearing tasks will be done by different crews such as an experienced topping crew and a less-experienced shearing crew. Timing. If you prune fruit, timing is critical. If you do it too late, the remaining fruit may not benefit enough, remaining small.
If you thin too early, the stone fruits may split their pits. Mar 01, If your tree is in particularly bad shape and has been really neglected, don’t do all the work in one season. Spread the work out over 2 or 3 winters. Aim to take between 10–20% of the overall canopy off in any one winter, working around the tree evenly. 6. The more you prune, the stronger the regrowth on a healthy tree.