Pruning a 5-6 year old (or so) maple tree

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Old 07-01-20, 01:22 PM
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Pruning a 5-6 year old (or so) maple tree

Should I be doing anything with a 7 (or so) year old Maple tree in terms of pruning/cutting off lower branches?

I vaguely remember the guys who planted it years ago saying I should do something along those lines, to force the growth higher (or something along those lines)?

If I should, ideally, how high up should the lowest branches be? Right now they are maybe 5' off the ground or so (i.e. I can't walk around the tree w/o ducking).

Separately, please ignore the poor landscaping under/around the tree...we're working on a few things right now and it will be properly mulched soon (exposing the root flair...).

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Old 07-01-20, 01:29 PM
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Come fall, yes, I would take off the lowest set of branches from the trunk.
 
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Thank you. To confirm, literally just the very lowest (there's one to the left and one to the right that are the lowest), and don't take down any of the others lower branches?
 
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Old 07-01-20, 03:31 PM
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Looks to be in a open area, no need to do anything! All I ever do is trim lower branches so I dont take my head off when cutting grass!
 
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Thanks and yeah, it's impossible to mow under right now...
 
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Maple trees are pretty resilient. While it's best to prune in the fall I wouldn't hesitate to remove a branch that is in my way. When our grandson was born I dug up a small maple off of my property and planted at his house. A couple of years later his mama trimmed off ALL the lower branches - kind of looked like a lollypop. It's been 20 yrs and while you can't reach any of the branches the tree is doing fine.
 
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Most trees do not "need" pruning. Pruning is something we humans do to make trees more the way we want. So, a maple does not need to be pruned. Trim the lower branches if you want that look or if they get in the way of mowing. Just know that you are not doing it for the trees benefit.

This isn't a good time to be thinking of pruning as we head into the hottest & driest part of summer. Waiting until fall would be better as the tree will be less stressed. But... I've pruned silver maple hard at the worst time with no ill affect. It's a very resilient tree.
 
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Old 07-02-20, 05:28 AM
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Great, thank you again. I'll either do some minor pruning now or in the fall
 
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