PRUNING OF ESTABLISHING TREES

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Pruning in order to promote good health and form in recently planted establishing trees.

Carried out correctly, formative pruning can be the most effective means of pruning that a tree can receive. It involves the early removal of potentially weak branches in order that a framework is developed, allowing the tree to mature with a more balanced and structurally sound crown. Correct pruning carried out on a tree in its formative years places significantly less stress on the specimen than if pruning is left until maturity.