Tree Root Pruning


Root pruning may be required to restrain trees in small gardens, or encourage fruit trees to flower.

What happens in the latter case is: the tree may have become quite vigorous and is encouraging the formation of leafy growth rather than flowers .

Mature trees are less resilient than young trees and should not be root pruned.


Root pruning should be carried out in winter when the trees are dormant.

Depending upon the situation, the procedure should be done over two years, to prevent stressing the tree too much, i.e. do 50% of the pruning in the first season, and the remainder the following season.

Once pruning is complete, replace some of the soil and lay the lower fibrous roots over the base of the trench.

Continue in the same fashion, gradually treading the soil down as you go.

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