Can I trim back a dwarf mugo pine

Asked October 4, 2015, 5:06 PM EDT

I have a dwarf mugo pine bush that is getting to big for the area it is in. Can it be trimmed back without harming it? If so when should it be trimmed?

Dakota County Minnesota

1 Response

Pine and Spruce normally put on a single flush of growth, then stop. If you are trying to maintain them at a specific size, (such as Mugo Pine), prune back 1/3 to 1/2 of the new growth (called candles) in early spring. Pruning of evergreen trees will be minimal, especially once they are established.