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Should I trim these branches from Red Maple?

Posted by peter17319 Pennsylvania (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 4, 09 at 16:07

This is an October Glory Red Maple, planted in April 08 (I bought it big!) As you can see, one of the lower branches is sticking way out and looks kinda stupid. Should I cut it off, or wait and let it all even out?

Or maybe the branch looking weird doesn't even matter. Should I be trimming the lower branches anyway? Is that just part of the routine as the tree matures? And if so, should I do the bottom two or the bottom four?

Also, is now the time to do it, or should I wait a few more weeks?

Here is a link that might be useful: October Glory

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RE: Should I trim these branches from Red Maple?

I'd cut the branch if it was my tree, not sure what time of year is best but I'd only cut the one branch and wouldn't hesitate to do it now but perhaps others with more knowledge can advise best time of year to do so.

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