Benefits of pruning dead and infected tree branches

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When should I remove dead and infected branches from trees?

Benefits of pruning dead and infected tree branches

In late Fall, after leaf drop, when infections are more visible, all tree branches containing cankers, knots, galls, or dead shoots should be “marked” for pruning. In most areas, marked branches should be pruned during late dormancy, usually late February to early March. It is important to remove all infected material before fungi become active in the spring. Pruned branches should be burned, buried, or chipped.



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