Japanese Maple Tree

Asked March 8, 2016, 7:19 PM EST

The Martin bird House is being fazed out related to limbs of Maple tree growth. The maple tree and bird house went in the ground at the same time approx. 4 foot from one another. As the years pass,it is becoming increasingly trickier to raise and lower the Bird House. Question: Can I prune some branches without destroying the tree?

Cape Girardeau County Missouri

2 Responses

Yes, you can prune now, do not wait. Put the house up and remove small branches as it moves up to get them out of the way. Make sure to prune back to the bark ridge, shown in attached picture.

Thank you Sarah D.

Appreciate your quick response. Hopefully the problem will be solved this year.

Best regards
Deanna S.