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Pruning Trees

County Agent News
Dan Folske
April 9, 2018 

Pruning Trees

          When should I prune my trees and why should I prune my trees are two common questions I get from this time of year through late June.

          The first question, “Why?”, can have a lot of different answers. Modifying the appearance and preventing or treating disease are the two main reasons. Homeowners can have many different reasons for modifying appearance. It may be minor trimming to maintain a neater appearance. Unfortunately it is often to remedy a problem which started many years before. The wrong tree or shrub in the wrong place. Species and variety selection are the most common landscaping mistakes made by homeowners.

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