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How do you prune a large conifer tree?

To help shape these trees into formal hedges or to encourage fullness, lightly trim back the outermost growth using hand pruners or hedge shears. These conifers get a flush of new growth after pruning, so the best time to give them a haircut is when they are not actively growing.

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Likewise, how do you reduce the height of a conifer tree?

The goal of conifer pruning should be to reduce the tree's mass "windsail" without reducing its size. Proper thinning does that. In practice, most tree toppers don't stop at a 15-foot reduction and a 4-to-6-inch diameter cut. They prefer to reduce the height of a tree by one-third to one-half.

Subsequently, question is, how far can you cut back conifers? Coniferous trees with a disease problem should have their branches pruned about 5 inches (12.7 cm) away from the infected portions, taking care to only cut live wood. Gardeners should wait for a period of dry weather to trim ailing trees because this will reduce the spread of pathogens.

Also Know, can I cut the top off a fir tree?

Cutting the top from a pine won't immediately kill the tree, but a large pruning wound could leave the tree open to potentially deadly infections. Canopies of pine trees and many other evergreens grow outward from the needle-bearing tips of branches.

Do conifers grow back after pruning?

Most conifers will not regrow from old wood if you prune into this. Once the growing tip is removed conifers will make little upward growth with just a few wispy shoots that are readily trimmed. Conifers may be pruned from spring to late summer. Yew can be pruned into early autumn.

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