Can I prune now or should I wait?

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  1. MannieBoo

    MannieBoo Active Member

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    Hi There,
    I have this Crimson Maple, it's three years old and as you can see by the picture attached, it's pathetic, can I prune the leafless branches, no signs of new buds at all, or should I wait till later in the year?
     

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  2. Harry Homeowner

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    I see no reason in waiting you may even promote new or secondary buds to wake up. I would also fert (if you haven't already) and water well.

    I would also remove the grass and put mulch around it, some cool season grasses are Allelopathic and may be hindering it from really getting established and flourishing.
     
  3. MannieBoo

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    Thanks alot Harry Homeowner;
    I'm not to worried about wattering because the back field it's takes a while for the ground water to evaporate, but not boggy where the tree is, I will fertilize. Mulching around it is out of the ? for now, wierd but whenever I have mulched around the trees back there it's an open invitation for the deer to dine on those mulched trees.
     

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