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What steps need to be taken when pruning weeping mulberry trees?

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Weeping mulberry trees benefit from annual pruning. The procedure is a one-person job that takes under an hour per tree. The required supplies are pruning clippers and a disinfecting solution.

  1. Inspect the tree

    Walk around the tree and examine it. Look for unusually long branches, diseased spots, surface wounds and other abnormalities.

  2. Disinfect the clippers

    Dip your clippers in disinfectant. This reduces the risk of transmitting diseases and pests.

  3. Remove diseased branches

    The most effective way to protect your weeping mulberry tree from disease is to remove diseased branches. Disinfect your clippers after excising diseased growth.

  4. Crop excessively long branches

    Trim branches that are much longer than adjacent growth or sagging under their own weight. Cut them back to just past a lateral bud. This lightens the branches and encourages upward growth.

  5. Thin extraneous width

    Cut extraneous branches close to the trunk or main branch stem. This discourages regrowth and promotes a taller, slimmer tree shape. Leave the largest, strongest and most beautiful branches intact.

  6. Check for rubbing branches

    Scan the tree for branches that are rubbing together. Chronic rubbing creates surface wounds that increase the tree's vulnerability to pests and disease. Disinfect your clippers before and after pruning wounded branches.


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