Pruning at planting
Why prune | Tree structure | Pruning
cuts | Prune at planting | Structural pruning |
Sub-standard pruning | Is pruning needed
Be prepared to develop good structure after planting if there are few nurseries that carry a particular species with suitable
trunk and branch structure. This can begin when the tree is planted. When you see that pruning is needed to correct some trunk or
branch defects on a recently planted tree, and you will not be able to prune the tree for several years, prune it at planting to
correct the problem. If you wait, it may never be pruned correctly. Long-term health will be enhanced with improved structure.
Tree on the left was planted into the ground several years ago. Notice the small current-year stems at the very top of the tree. Photograph above shows the tree five years later with codominant stems growing from what was the top of the original nursery tree.
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