hardware cloth cages - can i prune off low branches now

mdchambe(5)December 7, 2012

Hello all,

I've finally got my winter protection project started to wrap my first year orchard trees with white cloth tree wrap (hope to help with sunscald)and with a a two foot high ~8 inch diameter hardware cloth fence to keep rabbits away. The trees are already fenced with a 6 foot diameter 6 foot high cage for deer protection.

Anyway, as I got started with the process of putting the hardware cloth cages around the trees I found that a number of low branches are in the way. Everything I have read says it is best to prune in March or early April but was wondering if it would cause any problems if I pruned them off now. It would certainly make putting the hardware cloth cages around the trees easier.

Any other thoughts on my winter protection would be appreciated! I'd rather do more than necessary than not enough.


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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

There are differing opinions out there, but personally I think you're okay to prune a few branches now if you wish. I do still think it's best in early spring, but I also don't think you'll hurt the tree or catch diseases if you do some now. If it helps you to do what you need to do for winter protection, I say go for it.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 4:24PM
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I always prune in November and haven't seen any problems yet.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 11:27AM
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