Pruning Eucalyptus

Pruning eucalyptus is a little bit tricky, especially considering how quickly it grows. It's important that you make pruning eucalyptus a top priority if one is in your care. Pruning eucalyptus can keep your eucalyptus from producing an excessive amount of leaves and debris. Here are some tips to help you learn how to prune your eucalyptus.

The best time to prune eucalyptus is in the middle of the summer. The idea behind pruning at this point is to keep the eucalyptus from being exposed to cold weather. A newly pruned eucalyptus that is exposed to the elements of winter, or any sort of cold weather, really, is more prone to disease. At the same time, don't prune your eucalyptus when it's particularly humid. Doing so could create an environment which will encourage fungus, which could kill your eucalyptus tree.

There are different ways to prune your eucalyptus tree, depending on the end result you want. With most types of eucalyptus pruning, you want to wait until the eucalyptus tree is at the end of its second season. This is true with specimen pruning, which allows your eucalyptus tree to maintain its looks. Hedge pruning allows the trees to have the appearance of hedges. Like specimen pruning, you should wait until the eucalyptus tree has had two seasons to grow. You'll want to take off the top third of the tree and shape the tree to be narrow at the top and wider toward the bottom.

Another type of eucalyptus pruning is called coppicing. This involves pruning the top of the eucalyptus tree to keep it from growing too tall. Coppicing involves angling the eucalyptus between twelve and eighteen inches from the ground.

Once your eucalyptus tree is older, at least four years, you may opt for pollarding. This involves leaving the side branches and cutting the trunks up to ten feet from the ground.

If your eucalyptus tree is leaking sap heavily, you may need to apply a pruning wound dressing to stop it. If you don't, the eucalyptus tree can become infected.

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