HOW TO PRUNE JAPANESE MAPLE TREES
From beauty to amazing sight, Japanese Maple Trees is usually one type of tree that usually calls for attention. Japanese Maple Trees usually grow up to 40ft and more depending on the soil type and also weather compatibility conditions. Japanese Maple Trees are usually broad-leaved trees that are mostly used as ornamental shade specimen. Although, it requires less pruning and care which has made it one of the top choices for gardens. Japanese Maple Trees can either be tall, angular trees with slender limbs or they can sometimes appear as low-spreading canopies that stand out attractively. It is usually advisable to prune Japanese Maple Trees during summer or winter as against spring because the increased sap running. So the question here remains, how can I prune my Japanese Maple Trees?
When pruning a Japanese Maple Tree, there are quite some steps to follow in other to have a successful pruning. They include:
- DECIDE ON THE SHAPE YOU DESIRE
The shape is one of the most important aspects of a maple tree. This is important because the beauty of maple trees lies in the beauty of its lovely branches growing at similar rate and style. Pruning your Maple tree should depend on the type of Japanese Maple Tree you have. Maple trees are usually of two types, lace leaf & Upright leaf. When pruning a lace leaf, the shape should form a canopy while when pruning an upright leaf, the shape you come out in a fan-style.
When attempting to prune a Japanese Maple Trees, experts advice that pruning should be carried out based on the location of the tree. If the tree happens to be outdoor, you should always make sure to trim the lower branches. Also, if they happen to be indoor, it is advisable to trim the sagging or dead branches. Trim at a 45-degree angle and also just half inch or one inch from the main branch or stem.
- PROPERLY PRUNE THE CROWN
Japanese Maple Trees usually grow a thick crown if they are well pruned. When carrying out pruning activities, snip the branches about 2-4 inches back from the tip area or branch juncture. By doing this, each of the cut-off tips will result in a sprouting a double tip at the juncture which will increase the body mass and fullness of the tree.
- TRY TO LIMIT THE PRUNING
There is basically two major limits everyone intending to prune a Japanese Maple Tree should be aware of. They are, branches that have a diameter that is wider in size than that of the size of the trunk should NEVER be pruned. While the second is, when carrying out pruning on a Japanese Maple Tree, never attempt to prune more 1/2 of the entire crown of the tree. This will lead to the tree growing excessively or without control. Also, excessive pruning may lead to the weak growth of the maple.
- DO A TOUCH UP THE TREE
This can be done throughout the growing period of the tree. Doing a touch of the maple tree involves removing any unwanted branches, broken leaves and also branches that are distorting your desired shape.
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