Pruning Cherry Trees

Pruning Cherry Trees – What You Should Know

Pruning cherry trees is very important because they will kill themselves if they are not pruned regularly. They will starve themselves because they get to large to take care of themselves.  By pruning them you are helping them live longer and healthier.  However, there are a few very important things to keep in mind when you are pruning.  This article is going to explain what some of those things are.

Silver leaf is a disease that many cherry trees can get in the winter.  Therefore, you are going to need to harvest the cherries from the tree and then begin pruning it while it is still warm outside.  You are going to look over the tree and find branches that are dead and weak.  When you have located the branches that are sick looking you will cut them off.  This is going to help the tree put its energy into the healthy branches and help the tree go large and strong.  You will need to cut the branches approximately 1/8 of an inch above the bud of the branch.  This is important because it is going to keep the branch from growing in the future but it is not going to harm the entire tree. Be sure to cut the branches at an angle.  This is going to stop water from getting into the branches and creating an environment for bacteria and other diseases that may kill your tree.

Pruning cherry trees also includes looking on the ground for other little seedlings that have fallen around the tree and started to grow.  You are going to want to remove these as well so that they do not harm your larger tree as they grow.  If they have started to take root, you may need to dig them up.  Be sure not to damage the root system of your cherry tree while you are working to remove them.  You may want to replant them somewhere else if you are looking to start another cherry tree.  It is important to remember that these little sprouts are not going to grow very well in the shade of the other tree.  Therefore, moving them is going to be the best thing you can do for them.

When you start getting ready to prune your cherry trees, you are going to want to go to the store and purchase some pruning paste.  Purchase the type that is non-asphalt based because it is going to work the best without harming your tree.  It is very important that you have this paste ready to go.  You will need to seal each branch that you cut with this paste. This is also going to help keep pests and water out of the branches so that your tree will not be harmed as it is healing from the pruning.

Pruning cherry trees is not difficult as long as you know what you are doing.  It can be very time consuming the first time and you may be very nervous when you begin the process.  However, it is very important to the survival of your tree.  Since many cherry trees only live to be approximately 20 years old, you will want to do whatever you can to help your tree live a long, healthy life.  These are beautiful trees.  Why wouldn’t you want to help it live as long as possible?

If you are still unsure how to go about pruning cherry trees, you can always contact the nearest nursery and ask them for assistance.  Whomever you speak to may be able to walk you through the process.  They may even offer a class or demonstration so that you will be able to learn how to do it properly.