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Pruning Mulberry Trees

Pruning is an important part of proper tree care, but many people find the task overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! You can have confidence in knowing that not everyone will prune the exact same way (even the experts).

NOTE: This is part 6 in a series of 9 articles. For a complete background on how to grow mulberry trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.

Pruning Tips

  • Pruning should be done when the tree is dormant, usually late winter.
  • Mulberry trees are prone to bleeding. Cuts over 2” in diameter should be avoided because they will most likely not heal. This will also leave your tree susceptible to fungi and disease.
  • Remove any diseased, broken or dead branches.
  • Use cuts to guide the shape of the tree.
  • It should only require about 5 main cuts to prune a healthy tree.
  • When cutting away a branch, always cut back to a branch that’s at least 1/3 the diameter of the branch to be cut.
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