Pruning satsuma trees and a rant
This is my first post on the citrus forum. I only have one little kumquat tree that I baby.
My mom has a couple of 20+ year old satsuma trees in her front yard. In the past, she has had kids come down and pick a few satsumas here and there, and she would go out there to help them and teach them how to pick fruit without damaging the limbs. Well....this year she has had bunches of kids coming down and picking fruit and yesterday Dad found a group of about 12 kids out there climbing the trees! Most were not in the trees and ran away as soon as Dad went outside, but 2 were up in the tree. When Dad told them to get out of the tree, the one kid (while he was still standing several branches up) told Dad he wasn't in the tree!!! Dad had to threaten to call the police to get him to come down! What is wrong with kids these days???
Anyway, the kids broke several branches. Mom and Dad pruned them back, but are now concerned that they have hurt the trees? I know it isn't the best time to prune, but do you think they hurt it?
Thanks in advance!