Maple tree pruning.

Asked February 21, 2016, 9:05 AM EST

I have a maple tree that I planted about 14 yrs ago to give my south exposure back deck some shade. It was small about 3 inches in diameter it is now 10 inches. The beaches that I want to trim are in the 3 inch range. I now have all shade which is fine except that on my second floor sun deck I am loosing all sun at certain times of day. I would like to heavly trim it to keep its height down from now blocking out the second floor.

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

Avoid topping trees. Removing large branches leaves stubs that can cause several health problems. It also destroys the plant's natural shape and promotes suckering and development of weak branch structures.
Should you tackle this project on your own? Probably not. A tree that is as tall as your 2nd story and with branches that are 3" in diameter is dangerous to trim without the proper equipment and is better left to a professional. You can find an arborist in your area through this link: http://www.isa-arbor.com/findanarborist/findanarborist.aspx
This link will take you to a very informative article about pruning trees. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/pruning-trees-shrubs/
Good Luck!