Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Pruning most important job in February.(Homestyle)

Byline: Yard and Garden LYNN ELLEN DOXON For the Journal

Q: What is the most important thing to do in the garden in February? A: The biggest job that needs to be done in February is pruning. Training young trees is the most important pruning job. There are a few rules about pruning, but it is more an art than a prescribed procedure. Never remove more than one-third of the leaf area of the tree, never remove the branches from more than the lower one-third of the trunk, and always cut branches back to a crotch or place where it joins a branch that is at least one-third the diameter of the branch being cut off. If you remember the one-third rules, it is relatively easy to prune a tree. …

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