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Re: Horse Chestnut Trees

Re: Horse Chestnut Trees
Posted by: Ben Riches (IP Logged)
Date: May 04, 2012 15:57

What is the need to prune? What do you hope to achieve? The answers to these questions should tell you which treatment would help. Without a need to prune they should be left alone . Horse chestnut have a lot of new diseases to cope with and unnecessary pruning would add to the stresses. Pruning to clear the phonelines should be possible with very little pruning and the trees should be able to cope with it at any time of year.

If pruning to reduce the canopy or raising the canopy is necessary it should be carried out when the tree could cope best with the loss of leaves. Horse chestnut will be putting a lot of energy into flowering and putting out leaves (spring) so should not be pruned now. Pruning after mid-summer would be ok but it may be better to wait until the end of the winter.

Times to avoid: early spring to mid-summer; late summer to mid-winter.
Times it would be best: mid-winter to very early spring; mid-June to mid-July


Ben Riches

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