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Pruning Suckers


Of course everybody is mowing lawns at this time of the year and some of us have more troubles than we can deal with, especially in the form of inconvenient branches. After these things whip you in the eyeball a couple of times you begin to wonder what in the world can I do with them.

Most people say, "Well, it's too late they've already got leaves on them." No, it's not to late. If you still have pruning shears or a saw you can cut them off smooth like you would in the dormant season. And they won't have to whip you in the face the rest of the summer when you're mowing your grass.

Now there are other things that are popping up out of the ground, from the ground underneath trees that we need to get rid of. These are suckers that come from the rootstock of apples, peaches, pears, and things like this, and if you leave them they get bigger and bigger and you have to cut them off next spring and they leave a big stump. So the thing to do now is to cut them off just as low as you can, preferably even down in the ground, so that you get as much of the stump before they really get big. That way it will keep your tree attractive this summer and you won't have to cut them next spring.

So get rid of these inconvenient branches now, no use having yourself beat to death trying to mow the lawn or having your tree look ugly all summer. It does not hurt the tree to cut it back this time of the year, remember I've never heard one complain.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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