Tree Pruning, trimming, or cutting is an on going process throughout the life of your tree. After selecting the right tree and carefully planting it, early pruning is the most important thing you can do for a young tree.
Tree Pruning Steps at Planting
Leave as much of the leaf surface as possible to help build a larger root system.
Do prune the following:
-Branches competing with the leader
-Remove tree tags
Tree Pruning: After 3 to 4 Years
Root growth should be large and well on its way to anchoring the transplant.
-Cut off root suckers and sprouts in the crown
-Thin excessive branches to reduce competition for light, water, and nutrients
-Remove codominant leader
-Eliminate branches that rub or growing in undesirable directions
Tree Pruning: After 5 to 7 Years
Time to make a good tree even better.
-Lower limbs are pruned off to raise the bottom branches to your preferred height
-Cut back wild ends that protrude from the crown
-Inspect tree to see if you need to remove a branch here or there for even spacing
Tree Pruning: 15 Years After Planting
With proper pruning at the beginning of your trees life your tree will have a better chance of surviving extreme conditions such as windstorms, ice, and drought. Each spring, look for dead or damaged limbs and remove as needed.