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To prune or not to prune...

Posted by bmuegel Texas (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 18, 13 at 21:22


We have a tree that is slowly coming back to life again. Due to the drought we are having here in Austin TX., the tree dried up and looked like it may have died.
I have been watering it more now a days to see if it would come back to life and I now see new green leaves growing on it again. I attached a pic of our tree to help understand it's current status.

My questions:
1) What kind of tree is this? Can you tell from our pic?
2) Do we need to help the tree out by pruning it? Or just leave it alone?

Thank you so much for your advice and time!

Bernie Muegel

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RE: To prune or not to prune...

I can't tell from the picture as to what kind of tree it is, but do NOT prune it when it is already stressed. The tree will suffer less if the dead wood/limbs remain intact.

Pruning, especially at this time of the year after severe drought stress, can kill it. Leave it alone, keep watering it, and next year after new growth emerges, then you can trim off the dead limbs.

Good Luck


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