Trimming Japanese Maple Trees

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by lawnservicefreak22, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. lawnservicefreak22

    lawnservicefreak22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    Right now I have a good drought going on, along with just about everyone else, and I was wondering if it is okay to trim the japanese maple/any hedges up during a drought? I personally thought it would help them to survive but i'm not sure about the shock.
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    You should be OK as long as you aren't aggressive.

    The biggest problem with pruning any shrub this time of year is that the new growth won't be hardy enough going into winter and any new growth from now until spring potentially could be burned off.

    Trimming the branches on a tree/shrub will shut off growth hormones in the roots, and if you pruned the roots, it will shut off growth in the branches. This principal is applied in Bonsai Techniques.

    So, if you look at a tree/shrub and it's showing signs of heat/drought stress such as early leaf drop or curling or burnt leaves, then I'd stay away from them.


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