It’s Spring time here in Phoenix and that means it is time to prune your blooming palo verde trees. In this short video, I will demonstrate the proper way to trim palo verde trees. With all the beautiful yellow blooms that are currently growing on these trees, it sometimes weighs down the branches. So it is a great time to lift and prune these trees to decrease the debris mess and thin out the tree a bit, especially if the branches are blocking the ability to walk underneath them (as long as they are mature since newer trees should be allowed to fill in before a heavy pruning).
Start with the branches that are hanging lower and aiming downward. You will also want to make the cuts at the base of each branch as shown in the video. You will want to thin out the center a little bit and eliminate branches that are growing across the middle of the tree. This gives the tree healthier branches to focus on and will help keep air flow to prevent storm damage. Its always better to cut less at first and you can always go back to cut more later. Also, you may find that you will need a larger pair of lopers or saw to cut the larger branches later.
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