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Post Posted: Jul 13, 2019 9:56 am 
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Is there a better time of the year to prune some branches off aspen trees? Once pruned do you need to do something to the spot you cut the branch off? Thanks!


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Wack away! I usually prune in the Spring or fall, but that's when my body enjoys outdoors work.

I have "pruned" intentionally and unintentionally in every season. They don't seem to mind much.

I have topped quite a few of them to make shrubs out of them, with reasonably good luck. But they still want to be "trees" so they need regular pruning.

I do not do anything to the wound. It will heal and form a black scab.

It's hard to kill the darn things. I have some I've been trying to kill for years with no luck. (but I refuse to use chemical killers)

An arborist may tell a different story, but in my experience, if the tree is part of an established grove it will withstand significant pruning.


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Post Posted: Jul 13, 2019 6:07 pm 
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I have an agreement with a small aspen that popped up in the middle of my garden. It can stay as long as it stays small. It's a rather one-sided agreement so I cut back the new growth every year and it stays roughly the same size (despite its efforts to the contrary). I will say that after many years of doing this it's beginning to look a bit bedraggled in its lower branches but it hasn't gotten much bigger. So prune away!


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Post Posted: Jul 14, 2019 6:29 am 
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I agree with all here. We pruned our aspens whenever we could/wanted with no problems ever - they are pretty hardy.

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Post Posted: Jul 14, 2019 8:12 am 
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Thanks All! I guess I'll hack away today. I had an aspen start coming up under my deck a number of years ago so I cut it a hole and let it grow, one of the bigger branches that hangs out over the deck gets it's leaves pealed every year buy our 4 legged friends, it draws them to the deck then they start trying to get the leaves on another much smaller aspen that I have also cut a hole in the deck for. I would like to have my house and yard surrounded by them and am slowly working on it, fencing is a bit expensive though to keep the little sprouts alive.


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Post Posted: Jul 14, 2019 8:24 am 
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I would like to have my house and yard surrounded by them and am slowly working on it, fencing is a bit expensive though to keep the little sprouts alive.


As long as they are getting sufficient water through the year, they'll do fine.

They can damage the house's foundation so keep that in mind.


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