When is the best time to trim a pine tree and how should it be done. My pine...

Asked July 9, 2014, 7:23 AM EDT

When is the best time to trim a pine tree and how should it be done. My pine tree has a branch that is hanging over into my neighbors yard. Thank you for your help. Linda Fenton e-mail address: tweetbird04@msn.com

Sherburne County Minnesota

1 Response

You could remove that branch now but it must be done the correct way. Please visit our publication http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/pruning-trees-shrubs/#pruning-evergreen... paying particular attention to the section on pruning large branches. Make sure you can identify the 'branch collar' they describe. You need to cut beyond that swollen area of the branch to help protect your tree from various diseases.