Monday, April 1, 2013

Remove and Prevent Suckers

Suckers are those branches that come up from the base of your tree that seem to just multiply every year! 

Sucker in a Young Pear Tree
Suckers on a Young Pear Tree

The truth is, they do multiply every time you cut them! So how do you prevent them from getting worse? Don't cut them! Yes, they do need to be removed, but break them off or pull them in the spring while they are still soft and herbaceous. If they are too large to break or pull, make sure you cut them at a really sharp angle rather than flat. This will cause the branch to dry up and will minimize the chance of the sucker branching into multiple suckers the following year.

Cutting Suckers Adds to the Proliferation
Cutting Suckers Adds to the Proliferation

For more information about suckers. and how to prevent them watch the video below.

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