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Get Help with Pruning from TOH's experts

Ever have a question about pruning trees or shrubs? Heard some old wives tales that you aren't sure are correct? Now is your time to get your questions answered.

Post all of your pruning concerns and questions on this thread for a chance to have your question answered by TOH's experts and possibly featured in the magazine! No question is too small—if you've got one, we want to hear it.

Karenbl
Help with Pruning a Crab Apple

Hi There,
We just bought a house last winter that has a mature crabapple tree that was poorly pruned and then seriously neglected for several years. I know that I need to trim quite a bit, but I'm not sure about the time of year, or if I should cut everything back all at once, or wait over a series of years. Please help!

ed21
Re: Help with Pruning a Crab Apple
Karenbl wrote:

Hi There,
We just bought a house last winter that has a mature crabapple tree that was poorly pruned and then seriously neglected for several years. I know that I need to trim quite a bit, but I'm not sure about the time of year, or if I should cut everything back all at once, or wait over a series of years. Please help!

I would prune in the late winter or very early spring while the sap is still down. Don't just give it a haircut, but study the tree and try to take out crossing branches back to a limb and thin out . Don't cut branches flush, but leave part of the collar. If you are doing this yourself, you could work on it a few years, but their is no reason it can't all be done at once more or less.
Don't paint the cuts.
Spraying with a dormant oil & lime sulfer will prevent a lot of pests.
I hope you don't mind me throwing my 2 cents in. I've done a lot of pruning and study about it over the years, but not an official expert.

Karenbl
Re: Help with Pruning a Crab Apple
ed21 wrote:

I hope you don't mind me throwing my 2 cents in. I've done a lot of pruning and study about it over the years, but not an official expert.

Not at all! Thanks for the advice!

satabor
Re: Get Help with Pruning from TOH's experts
Moderator wrote:

Ever have a question about pruning trees or shrubs? Heard some old wives tales that you aren't sure are correct? Now is your time to get your questions answered.

Post all of your pruning concerns and questions on this thread for a chance to have your question answered by TOH's experts and possibly featured in the magazine! No question is too small—if you've got one, we want to hear it.

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