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We have a scrub oak that has been growing between a pine and an aspen, which has made the oak very lop-sided. The aspen is gone now. How much purning can we do to the oak to try and even it's growth?

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The general rule of thumb with pruning is never more than 1/3 at any time.  Pruning promotes growth.  For this reason you don’t want to prune in the fall as the new growth could be more susceptible to frost damage.  Save your pruning for the late dormant season (late February – March).  At this time of year it is also easier to see the form of the trees.

Posted on 26 Sep 2008

Jaydee Gunnell
Master Gardner and Horticulture Agent, Davis County

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