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  • March/Early April is a Great Time to Prune Trees and Shrubs

    Posted on March 9, 2015

    Now is a great time to prune your small trees and/or shrubs. At this time of year, you can see the overall branch structure easily and most insects and disease causing organisms are not active. Late fall/winter pruning is especially important for oak trees to help prevent spread of the fungus that causes oak wilt.

    Pruning can help control the size of a tree or shrub, direct growth, influence flowering or fruiting, and/or maintain plant health and appearance. Looking for information on how to specifically prune trees, shrubs, or evergreens? See the pruning fact sheets on the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Horticulture Website at http://hort.uwex.edu/articles/archives/9. But … if your mature tree needs a lot of pruning or has hard-to reach branches, hire an arborist – a trained tree service professional. Failure to do so may result in an injury to yourself or damage to the tree, nearby buildings, utility wires, or other landscape plants while pruning.

    Want to learn more about pruning trees and shrubs? UW-Extension in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties still have openings in their hands-on pruning workshops in March. Registration is required.

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