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Pruning advice for Fireglow J. Maple?

Posted by JonCraig 6b (My Page) on
Mon, Dec 16, 13 at 15:54

Hi again all,

Another more question while I'm looking at my trees without leaves. I'm confident enough to prune crossing branches, etc., but I'm still enough of a newbie that I'm here to ask advice about the more subjective side of things. Do you see any need of pruning on this ~7 ft Fireglow?

Thanks in advance!

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RE: Pruning advice for Fireglow J. Maple?

i see no need at all ...

there are very few rules which depend on the tree itself..

a tree is a tree ...

what changes.. is what your goal is ... e.g.: height as i noted in your other post??? ..

we dont really prune.. on a calender.. or for no real reason ...

define your goal ... and how and what you prune becomes apparent ...

i might pull the mulch back an inch or two from the trunk itself .... in any soil.. other than my 100% mineral sand.. you dont want any retained moisture on bark ... its not made for such... as roots are ...

where are you.. that z6b looks so toasty.. it was 3 degrees in MI this morning ....


RE: Pruning advice for Fireglow J. Maple?

I'm on the northern end of what's considered middle TN. It was an unseasonable 55 or so today. So I was happily looking for any excuse to spend my day off outside! :-)

Goals = have a nice, healthy ornamental tree.

My reason for posting these all today was a) I was outside & thought it would be a good idea and b) With the leaves off, it's easier (for me, anyway) to look at/notice the branch structure.

I didn't see anything I wanted to prune, but wanted another set of eyes to take a look & teach my untrained eye. ;-)

RE: Pruning advice for Fireglow J. Maple?

nothing wrong with that ...


RE: Pruning advice for Fireglow J. Maple?

Again, try maple forum as there are some experts there. Around here we only do big pruning in dormant season. Smaller wood in May. J maples are a tree that I would not hesitate to look for a consulting arborist/aesthetic pruner. It is useful to develop a plan for the tree and prune accordingly, which is generally a multi-year, ongoing project. With thoughtful pruning you can enhance the beauty, structure and value of these lovely trees.


RE: Pruning advice for Fireglow J. Maple?

I agree with the other Ken, It looks okay. Sooner or later our Mother will prune it for you with a nice spring freeze or ice storm or blistering drought or straight line winds or... Clarksville area? I'm between Murfreesboro and McMinnville.

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