Crabapple tree

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Old 05-09-09, 10:24 AM
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Crabapple tree

My dog chewed off the top of this little tree last fall. It's getting new leaves. How should I trim it?
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Old 05-09-09, 10:52 AM
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Hi Dawter,

I would suggest a clean cut on the top at an angle to just above a node. Here's how to establish a new leader. Scroll down here to Heading Cut on their page 5.
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/documents/EP300.pdf

Here's how to make pruning cuts.
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/pruningcuts.html

More info on how to restore a leader once your tree gets some age. They show an evergreen in the sketches, but the technique is the same.
http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/nursery/430-457/430-457.html

Here's info on deciduous trees.
http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/nursery/430-456/430-456.html

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Old 05-09-09, 02:57 PM
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Thank you very much. The deed has been done!
 
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Old 05-09-09, 08:04 PM
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Dawter, you are very welcome! Now build a protective barrier for that tree and get that dog some bones!

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