Is removing dead wood ok anytime of year?

Discussion in 'Maples' started by monkeygirl, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. monkeygirl

    monkeygirl Member

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    Probably a silly question, but, having read all the pruning articles, I'm confused on weather or not I should take off all the dead branches and twigs from a maple now before they leaf out.

    Seems almost 1/4 of tree is dead twigs & branches, I was shocked how many there were. They were just snapping off. Can I cut/snap them all off now while I can see them all. I'm not pruning it actually., just dead stuff.

    Pic attached, not great I just Google streetview for a quickie......

    Thanks......
     

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    The wood is dead so anytime is fine and now is the easiest time before the new growth begins.
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, any time, provided you can distinguish it from live wood easily.
     

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