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How to Prune Redwood Trees

How to Prune Redwood Trees


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Redwoods are predominately located on the West Coast of North America. When planted in a suburban area like a backyard, expect redwood trees to obtain a rather large size. However, they will not reach the size of the redwoods growing naturally, the largest trees in the world. If you have redwood trees in your yard, it's important to prune them to keep them healthy.

Inspect the tree during the winter months (November to February) for cracked, rotted or dead limbs. Cut the limb off with a tree saw or a chainsaw (if the size of the branch warrants) directly after the slight bulge where the branch grows from the trunk. Do not cut limbs during the spring, summer or fall months; doing so could stunt the healthy growth of the tree.

  • Redwoods are predominately located on the West Coast of North America.
  • When planted in a suburban area like a backyard, expect redwood trees to obtain a rather large size.

Remove new growth limbs from the base of the tree directly after the hump -- if the area has heavy traffic or you want to use the tree for shade. Cut upward approximately 6 to 7 feet. Use a tree saw or chainsaw to cut the limbs. Again, do this during the winter months to avoid stunting the tree.

Trim dead leaves during the growing season with a pair of pruning shears. Prune directly behind the leaf. Leave as much of the stem as possible to promote fresh growth. If you see stem rot, cut the stem off with the pruning shears.

  • Remove new growth limbs from the base of the tree directly after the hump -- if the area has heavy traffic or you want to use the tree for shade.

Trim suckers, or small tree sprouts that form around the base of your tree from its roots, when you see them. Use pruning shears or a tree saw.

Ensure you take safety precautions before using a ladder or climbing the tree when pruning.


Watch the video: 2012 Redwood Tree Pruning in Seattle (May 2022).