Is it too late to trim my Maple.

Asked February 25, 2016, 3:19 PM EST

I have a Maple tree that I hired some goons to trim this January. The crooks took off without finishing the job. I have not been able to finish removing the big limbs, they left, until now which is February 25. Is it too late to finish now or will they bleed too much. Should I wait until the sap stops running. Thanks. Charlie Weichselbaum

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Go ahead and prune, the bleeding will not harm the tree. If pruned during colder weather, it will bleed when it warms up anyway. The main reason for pruning in cold weather is to limit insects from spreading harmful problems.
I am sorry you had a less than positive experience with tree trimmers.

A great resource for finding a local lawn and landscape professional is the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association website: . You can also find a certified arborist in your area through the International Society of Arboriculture: