Re: [gardeners] pollardizing?

David G Smith (
Tue, 10 Jul 2001 09:35:40 -0400

I think it's best to prune when the leaves are gone -- easier to clean up
that way. : )

I got "The Amreican Horticultural Society Book of Pruning and Training" a
few years ago.  It starts with a discussion of the theory and principles,
then has specific comments on many different trees and shrubs.  I'll look up
Bradford pears tonight if I remember.  The main thing I remember is that
most plants respond to pruning with vigorous growth -- the more you cut them
back, the more vigorously they respond.  When I prune my little fruit trees
in the spring I try to picture what the response is going to be to each cut,
not think so much about how it's going to look right after pruning.

Hope this is of some help.


----- Original Message -----
From: Craig Watts <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2001 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: [gardeners] pollardizing?

> I've known of the weakness of the bredford and have 3 lovely ones in my
> yard getting to HUGE stage. Wanting to prune them, I looked on the
> specifically for the best time of year. I was unable to find any
> information and cut some tree away from the corner of my roof and spot
> light. That was 4 weeks ago and the ends have all ready started sprouting
> leave. At least it's a healthy tree  :)
> Anyone care to point me in the right direction?