Pruning a Spring Snow Crabapple Tree
We have a relatively new non-fruit bearing Spring Snow Crabapple tree. It's in its third summer from the nursery. It has a number of low limbs both primary and secondary. As this tree grows I would rather not have to mow under it, while on my knees. Would you give me some guidance re: when and how to correctly shape/prune this tree so as to raise the lower limbs. Five to six feet at the trunk would be nice.
Larimer County Colorado
Thanks for contacting us about pruning your maturing crabapple tree. We have lots of good information and diagrams; read through these links:
Structural pruning of maturing shade trees: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/614.pdf
Pruning mature shade trees: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/615.pdf
Pruning cuts (how-to): http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/612.pdf
Your proactive care of this tree will ensure a long, healthy future for your Spring Snow Crabapple!