Tree Trimming


Old 10-08-01, 04:59 AM
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When is the best time of year to trim a maple?
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Old 10-08-01, 02:24 PM
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Larger hardwood trees can be trimmed almost any time of year. Smaller trees can be trimmed in late winter or early spring.
Old 10-16-01, 06:27 AM
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I like early spring mainly because there is less to clean up (no leaves) and the cuts have the full season to heal over. I've found that it is also easier to tell which branches are alive (or dead) by their 'feel' as the sap starts running.
p.s.: Winter is fine, too, but it can get pretty cold up here in Canada!!! LOL > H.
Old 10-16-01, 03:49 PM
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Hi Myrna,

Just to confuse the issue, I like to prune maples in the winter or early spring while they are dormant. They are so full of leaves that I find that's the best time to see what branches need to be cut out, i.e. branches that are crossing, etc. Dead branches can be cut out at any time.

During the spring/summer, I prune any branches that hang down and slap me in the face while mowing.

Old 10-23-01, 04:22 AM
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Hardwoods like maples and ashes ooze sap during early spring growth. That attracts pests and can promote infection. These are best trimmed at other times of the year.

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