japanese maple Red Pygmy / Atrolineare help

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Proscapez LLC, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. Proscapez LLC

    Proscapez LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    A customer ask me to trim his small japanese maple trees I think there called Red pygmy / Atrolineare, he thought they were called blood maples but wasnt sure.

    Is there anything I need to know before attemping to trim these?
  2. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    Yes,wait until Fall or Winter,when they're dormant,to prune them.
  3. Proscapez LLC

    Proscapez LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    nickn thank you for the advice
  4. phototropic1

    phototropic1 LawnSite Member
    from MS
    Messages: 118

    I'm sure you're familiar with proper pruning techniques, but if not, I'd recommend doing some reading. A really good book is this one by Edward F. Gilman http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/07...ef=sr_1_6/104-0055692-5907970?ie=UTF8&s=books
    Short of buying this book, do a search for University of Florida and Edward F. Gilman. He has a ton of good info on the website. There are certainly other good books, but I haven't found any that cover tree pruning so thoroughly.
    By the way, I did some pruning on a Jap Maple today. Although the warnings about sap flow (or bleeding) have been espoused for years, many experts these days believe that it is inconsequential. BUT, it is easier to prune the tree when it is leafless because you can see the branching structure a lot better.

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