Wintertime's fine to prune overambitious tree
Week before Christmas...
We did some just-in-time pruning to clip a crabapple back from
25 feet to 18.
To keep a plant small that wishes to be big, start pruning when
it first reaches the desired size. Then, you can maintain it at
that size with a 30 to 60 minute pruning session every two years.
However, this tree had gone three or four years too far so we
pleased to be able to bring it back down gracefully.
It was a gorgeous day for winter pruning but a rotten day for
photos so you'll have to imagine this project as being like our
other winter prune-downs... because it was! (See
What's Coming Up #29) (Similar pruning of dwarf
Japanse maples, at Dwarfs cut to size: Prune dwarf
How wonderful to be part of a community of people who go
outdoors on 30 degree days, with several layers of clothes on and a
scarf wrapped twice around the neck, then spread their arms and
proclaim, "Isn't it just glorious to be out!" We love you! We want
to continue with you-all forever!