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Pruning of Pecan Trees Can Be Done At Any Time

Spring snuck up on many people, some of which have not gotten around to pruning their pecan trees yet. Not to worry. Pecan trees are normally pruned during the dormant season because it is easier to see what needs to be pruned and easier to access and make the cut. But, from the tree’s perspective, pruning can be done at any time. The pruning site may weep more when the tree is pruned while actively growing but it does not cause any harm. Paint wound sites facing the afternoon sun with white latex paint to keep the tissue cooler, allowing it to heal over better. Otherwise no sealer should be applied to the wound.

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About Lenny Wells

I am a Professor of Horticulture and Extension Horticulture Specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia. My research and extension programs focus on practical cultural management strategies that help to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of pecan production in Georgia.