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mature magnolia tree trimming #167739

Asked February 22, 2014, 5:16 PM EST

we have a mature magnolia tree ( 50-60 years old?) that suffered a lot of die off last year in the summer. the core of the tree has come back really well and we want to trim off the dead branches. what is the best time of year to do this? should we wait until after all danger of frost is past or do so before the spring season kicks into gear? thank you for your attention to this. -TimM

McLennan County Texas

Expert Response

Dear Tim,

The general rule for pruning is that the "4 Ds" (dead, diseased, damaged or dangerous) limbs can and should be removed at any time. 

Pruning for aethetics is usually done immediately after bloom. In this way you get the maximum benefit of the blooms, before the tree excerts the energy into foliage that will be removed. 

Following these simple guidelines will encourage the tree to fill out during the remainder of the growing season.

I hope this helps. If you have questions about how to prune, feel free to write back.
Lynne Marie Sullivan Replied February 25, 2014, 10:43 AM EST

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