Asked September 24, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

Is there a best time and way to prune a Pinion Pine so that the sticky sap does not get on everything?

New Mexico

1 Response

The best time to prune to totally remove branches is in late fall or winter. The cold temperatures will prevent excessive sap flow, although you may still get some sap on your equipment. Trim branches back to the trunk. Avoid cutting only part of the branch off since removing the growing point at the end of the branch will cause the branch to die. Any trimming of an individual branch should be done in the spring when the tree has new growth on the branch. The new growth can be carefully trimmed at the end of the branch if necessary.