I've received conflicting advice regarding the small branches that sprout...

Asked May 30, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

I've received conflicting advice regarding the small branches that sprout along the trunk of my mature green ash trees. I prefer a cleaner trimmed look (high up the trunk) but one arborist told me the new shoots were "good for the tree" while another tree trimmer told me they're called "suckers" for a reason and it is better for the tree to have them trimmed. Please advise.

Hennepin County Minnesota pruning ash trees

1 Response

It is perfectly ok to trim this new growth, or suckers off the trunk of your tree. You should do so up to where you can safely handle the clippers. If there is growth high in the tree it is best to contact a certified arborist to give your tree a nice haircut.

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