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Yorky
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:09 am    Post subject: Pruning Field Maple, Cherry blossom and Japanese Rose Reply with quote

I've taken some photos of the above which may need pruning.









1) Does the Japanese rose need pruning - it seems to be sprouting up all over. if so, what is the best way to prune it?

2) The field maple has go alot of low branches and again seems to be taking over - what is the best way to prune this?

3) The cherry blossom is tall rather than 'bushy' - should I lop the the top of it and is now the time to do it?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:13 am    Post subject: Re: Pruning Field Maple, Cherry blossom and Japanese Rose Reply with quote

Yorky wrote:


1) Does the Japanese rose need pruning - it seems to be sprouting up all over. if so, what is the best way to prune it?


That sprouting up all over is known as suckering.
Suckers are vigorous shoots that grow from the roots of many roses. To get rid of them we must get to the root of the problem.
Pull back the soil around the sucker and trace it back to the root it has grown from, cut it from the root with a secateurs or sharp knife and replace the soil.

The main body of the rose could possibly do with the cutting back of one or two of the oldest stems.
Cut back to just above ground level.
A light trim to the height on younger narrow stems can also be carried out.
Prune Feb/Mar.

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2) The field maple has go alot of low branches and again seems to be taking over - what is the best way to prune this?


Raising the canopy or head of the tree by removing lower brqanches.
Read this, especially the piece about leaving a short stub for each branch removed from the trunk...... Good Advice for Pruning Trees.
Prune now before the sap rises.

Yorky wrote:

3) The cherry blossom is tall rather than 'bushy' - should I lop the the top of it and is now the time to do it?


Topping will usually induce bushiness, but be careful not to much what with the fence and glasshouse nearby.
Totally wrong time of year to do it now though, read this...... Time for pruning a cherry tree.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice. I delegated the field maple pruning job to 'someone' and they went and lopped off all of the branches by 'mistake'.

Will the tree recover and how long will it take?

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