When to prune hickory?

ms_minnamouse(7a)February 18, 2011

When is a good time to prune hickory? Or more specifically, when should I avoid doing so?

I'm not so much interested in pruning per say but I want to cut a little from time to time to use for smoking and parrot toys/branches. It would probably be from the lower branches.

I'm in Maryland.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

if perhaps one cut.. of one branch.. properly done ... to serve both purposes ... i would NOT bother worrying about timing at all ...

for sure.. a tree trimmer.. hired to do a professional pruning.. would do it.. when his schedule allowed ...

just make a proper cut

now.. if you had 50,000 acres .... and your entire life tied up in the crop.. and every single tree needed pruning.. timing might be important ...


    Bookmark   February 18, 2011 at 8:43AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Pruning in early dormancy will allow you to see what you are doing better, reduce bleeding, and reduce disease exposure. But as Ken was trying to say, anytime will probably be OK.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2011 at 12:48PM
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As a rule, pruning your Hickory should be done just before the buds swell, in early spring or wait until the leaves have sprouted and grown, then you can prune accordingly. Try not to prune while the leaves are still growing because this can put a tree into a growth shock. Remember when you prune a tree, it has to heal itself by compartmentalizing its wounds. So pruning and growing its leaves at the same time, do not mix. Remember, also not to prune more than 25% percent of the tree's total canopy. Removing more than that can also stress a tree badly. Hope this info helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: GardenWeb

    Bookmark   March 2, 2011 at 12:42AM
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