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More pruning notes

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So we’ve set records dating back 140 years.  Really?!?  UGH!  I know, everyone’s tired of the brutal cold, the heavy wet snow and then more brutal cold.  Spring WILL get here.  In the meantime, there are numerous home and garden shows out there.

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This link will take you to some garden options!  Festivals in Minnesota  Be sure to check your favorite radio station’s website for upcoming garden shows and expos.

Do NOT prune Oak trees in April, May or June.  During this time the Oak is more susceptible to Oak Wilt disease.

Oak wilt photo by Michele Grabowski UMN

Oak wilt photo by Michele Grabowski UMN

Also Maple trees and others that have sap that runs during early Spring must be left alone until after the sap has stopped running.

Silver Maple tree tapped

Silver Maple tree tapped

Pines/Evergreens rarely need pruning with the exception of dead branches.  If you want to control the growth, then you can prune the new growth called candles (toggle through the link for different evergreen growth)  You can easily see what’s new growth by the different shade of green that you’ll see in early summer.  You can prune up to 2 thirds of the new candle growth.  Pruning How-to’s from Ramsey Co. MG

Evergreen candles

Evergreen candles

Reminder!  This winter really has been brutal.  A friend of mine, Leif Knecht, Knecht’s Nursery and Landscaping,  is a tree expert and says check your trees for sun and critter damage!  The sun can burn thin young bark just like we can get sunburn.  He recommends those white plastic wraps, they’re easy to install and inexpensive.

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