Problem with Crabapple Tree Suckers
I have what I believe to be a beautiful flowering crabapple tree in the side yard.
The past two springs I have been awe struck by the beauty of the "tree" while it is covered in bright pink blooms.
The main problem is that the entire original tree seems to be overrun with suckers growing from ground.
I did not get a good picture of it while it was blooming, but I took the second picture this morning to show how truly overrun it is.
I am wondering if there is any hope for this beautiful tree.
I was thinking about trying to cut off all but the three or four "trunks" that look like they may have been the original tree.
Is this a horrible idea?
Also, if pruning off all of the suckers is the way to go, when is the best time to do this?
I have read many conflicting reports on the subject, but I still have no idea what to do.
Any help on the subject will be greatly appreciated.
Here is a link that might be useful: Overrun Crabapple