I removed sawflies from my older mugs pine. It is October, do I wait to prune...

Asked October 13, 2019, 9:31 PM EDT

I removed sawflies from my older mugs pine. It is October, do I wait to prune the bare branches until spring or do I cut them off now? Will these branches grow back if I cut them off near the tree stem? Should I apply pellet fertilizer now in fall, wait until this spring, or not apply fertilizer at all? Really appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks, ‘Michelle

Muskingum County Ohio

3 Responses

Hello, I'm sorry to hear that your mugo pine had sawflies. I hope they did not do too much damage. When pruning pines, branches do not grow back from the trunk of the tree. Once a branch is removed, it is gone. As for the branches, I am not sure if the sawflies have destroyed the tip of the branch (where new growth occurs). There is a chance that you may get new growth next year. So I would hold off on the pruning until the spring. Also, do not fertilize now, the best time is in the spring. Here is a good article on pruning pines. https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/horticulture-care/pruning-evergreens Good luck!

Thank you for the information. I had no idea of what to expect as this is the only time I have had this problem.

Thank you for the information. I had no idea of what to expect as this is the only time I have had this problem.