When to Prune Japanese Maple Trees and Make Proper Cuts
When to Prune Japanese Maple Tress and Make Proper Cuts
When Can I Prune My Japanese maple?
the tree is putting on new growth in the spring. Also avoid pruning your Japanese maple when it is getting ready to drop leaves in the fall.
Aside from when new growth is coming in, or when leaves are about to fall, an established Japanese maple tree will handle moderate trimming any time. However, if you had to pick an absolute ideal time to trim your Japanese maple, it would be in the dead of winter when the plant is dormant and the risk of pests and diseases are at the lowest.
How to make Proper Cuts to your Japanese Maple Tree
Pruning Large Branches- Make Three Cuts (You do not want to rip off bark)
If you are pruning a large branch you will want to make three good cuts: (The reason for all of these cuts is to basically take weight off of the branch as you get closer to the truck, so that you can get a cleaner cut a the main collar, or branch. You do not want the branch to tear off the bark, thus resulting in a less than perfect cut.)
3. The third cut needs to be at the collar of the limb you are cutting. When making the third cut at the collar, it is important to make this cut at an angle. The closer you can get to a 90 degree cut the better, however, a 60 or 45 degree cuts will also work. The closer you can get to a 90 degree cut at the collar, the easier, and quicker the tree will seal the wound preventing issues such as fungi later on.
Japanese Maples are Cool
Japanese maples are known for the unique forms they can take, which means there is a lot more you can do with them. If you prune Japanese Maples in the summer or winter, and make healthy cuts, you are on your way to proper pruning of these trees.
We will discuss other techniques for trimming them and the reasons to do so in later articles.
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