Friday, February 27, 2015
Pruning up a young tree
The photo at right shows a Faith pecan tree I have growing in my back yard. I've posted photos of pruning this tree in a previous post but now, two years later, I'm ready to make few more cuts. This year I'll be pruning out one of the lowest limbs on this tree (pointed out by yellow arrow) and then turn my attention to thinning out one of the branches located a little higher in the tree (area marked by red circle).
The photo below gives you a before and after look at this year's pruning effort. It's easy to spot where I removed the low limb but harder to spot where I removed the upright branch further up the trunk. And that's exactly why the slow approach to lower branch pruning is best. By just pruning out a couple of limbs this year, the tree's overall canopy was left largely intact.