Pruning Japanese Maples

Tips On Pruning Japanese Maples

Pruning Japanese maples should not be something that causes you stress.  However, it may produce some panic for you the first time that you need to carry out this chore.  Taking the time to learn how to do this correctly will ease some of your stress and help you finish the job without hurting your tree.

The first thing that you need to keep in mind when pruning Japanese maples is that there is a certain time of the year that you will want to do this.  This needs to be done in the late summer or early fall months.  It is important to complete the pruning at this time so that you do not do any damage to the tree.  Be sure that you get new clippers to prune with as well.  This will help ensure that they are sharp and that you will not do any damage to the tree branches when you are cutting them.  Clean the clippers in one part bleach and nine parts water before you begin the process.

Once you have all of your equipment ready you will want to step back and look at your tree.  Determine which shape you want your tree to have so that you can identify which branches you want to cut off.  You will also need to get close to your tree so that you can determine which branches look dead or damaged.  They will need to be removed also.  Now you are ready to start cutting them off.  Take your time because you do not want to ruin the shape of your tree.

When you have finished cutting all of the branches away you will want to seal the branches where they were cut.  This is done to help your tree remain healthy.  This also helps keep any bugs and diseases from making their way into the open wounds on your tree.  You can purchase a tree wax at the nearest nursery in order to fulfill this task.  If you can not find what you are looking for at the store you can purchase some basic Elmer’s glue and use that to seal these areas.

As you can see, pruning Japanese maples is not very difficult at all.  You will also be glad to know that this does not need to be done every year.  You will actually need to prune every two or three years.  However, if you notice that there are a few branches that need to go during the season you can carry out a light pruning at the end of the summer.  This may also make it easier for you in two or three years because your tree will have maintained the shape you want.

Many people do not realize that pruning their trees will create a loss of the sap that the tree produces.  Because of this, it is very important to make sure that you are only pruning Japanese maples in the early fall months when they are not blooming and they are at rest.  This helps to decrease the amount of sap that they will lose when you begin pruning them.  You do not want to create any stress for your tree so be sure to follow this guideline.  Sap lose is another reason you will want to seal the wounds of the tree.  This helps keep the sap from escaping from the tree and helps keep it healthy throughout the coming years.

Pruning Japanese maples will become easier for you each time you do it.  You will find that it becomes very easy as long as you know which branches need to go.  Take your time and make sure that you are giving the tree the shape you want.  You will be glad that you did not rush and you will be able to take pride in your finished product.