I've heard numerous comments about this,
Seems to sum it up nicely. Basically tree branches can break at any time of
the year so cutting off limbs in an of itself won't hurt the tree - but you
have to ponder what the pruning is for .
My own state's department of ecology also indicates that painting the
affected part doesn't help and letting it heal naturally works just fine.
But again, I'd start surfing Google for more input.
If it were me I'd wait until late winter/early spring. That's when the
tree/shrub will be starting to grow again and will be able to heal the
cuts. I suggest asking the folks in Rec.Gardens before doing any
cutting. If possible tell them what species of tree or shrub. But, I
always wait until early spring before doing any prunning.
The ideal time varies with the area and the type of tree. You can
contact your local county extension service (US government) or what ever it
may be called in other countries. They can give you good local information.
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