I live in New England (Maine) and would like to prune some low branches
off my Maple trees in the front yard. When is the best time for this?
I assume now isn't a good time due to insect infestation. But is Fall
better than Spring?
Thanks for your help!
Moderate pruning of live branches can take place anytime, but Spring
is worst. The tree has just sent all its energy to the tips of
sprouting branches, so you don't want to cut it off.
Dormancy is the best time. For us in TX, that could be summer, but
for you winter is probably better.
Bear in mind, you should never remove more than 1/3 the canopy of a
tree at any one time. Also, 1/2 the foliage should originate from the
lower 2/3 of the tree.
ISA Certified Arborist #TX-0236AT
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