Pruning my crabapple tree

dublinbay z6 (KS)April 7, 2014

I hope this is the right forum for flowering trees. I have a crabapple that is about 8-9 years old. The branches are rather low--can't walk under the tree and I'm short. I'd like to prune off the three lowest branches back to the main trunk -- to raise up the branch level on the tree.

My question: Is there a best time of the year to do this --other than wintertime since I don't want to wait until next winter? A worst time of the year to do it?

I'm assuming spring is not one of the best times to do it, but then hot summer probably isn't good either. Should I wait for cooler autumn or is it all right to do the pruning now?

As to the kind of crabapple. I hope it doesn't make a difference because I can't remember what kind it is--except it was one of the better ones for my area (Zone 6 Kansas). I remember researching a lot to find the best kind--just don't remember what that turned out to be.

Kate

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louisianagal(z7bMS)

I do a lot of tree pruning in my yard. My understanding is that if you prune off to the main trunk, you can do that anytime. Read online how to properly cut and prune at the collar. You should not cut a large proportion of the tree at any one time.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 4:22PM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Thanks Louis, that is helpful advice. And quick! : )

Kate

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 4:27PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

with anything flowering.. i enjoy the flowers.. then go to town ...

i prune things when i walk by with the saw.. or when a plant knocks off my hat ...

just do it ...

buy a pruning saw ... $10 - 15 at tractor supply ... read up on branch collars ...

and do a little at a time... you dont want to be cutting off half the canopy .... and if its a large branch.. cut off 90% .. and then make a good cut at the branch collar.. w/o the hanging weight ... so you dont tear a long wound down the trunk ...

if you provide a pic.. we could be more specific ...

ken

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 6:48PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

see link for the TYPE of saw you need..

as noted.. you can buy knockoffs for much cheaper ... wallyworld.. etc ...

i see no reason why you need a high quality professional model for a little pruning...

the difference is that carpenters saws work on kiln dried lumber ...

you are cutting wet wood ...

the whole design takes that into account.. and make your job much easier ...

next thing you know.. you will be pruning everything in the yard ... lol .. just remember to remove the hanging weight.. so the last cut can be controlled.. and precise ...

w/o a pic ... its hard to do anything but guess... but i might take off the lowest 2 or 3 branches now/after flowering .. and a couple more in fall ... and make it a process... rather than doing it all at once ...

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 10:11AM
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