Crabapple trees on West Wascana Trail at Wascana Lake in Regina, Saskatchewan

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Crabapple trees on West Wascana Trail at Wascana Lake in Regina, Saskatchewan

By Mary Ellen Ellis Crabapple trees are pretty easy to maintain and don’t require vigorous pruning. The most important reasons to prune are to maintain the tree’s shape, to remove dead branches, and to treat or prevent the spread of disease. When to Prune a Crabapple Tree The time for crabapple pruning is when the tree is dormant, but when the possibility of severely cold weather has passed. This means pruning should be done in late winter or early spring, depending on your local climate and temperatures. Suckers, the little shoots that come straight out of the ground around the base of the tree, can be pruned away at any time of year. How to Prune Crabapples When pruning crabapple trees, start by removing suckers and water sprouts. The suckers grow from the rootstock of your tree and if you allow them to develop, they can grow into new trunks,

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