pruning a mountain ash

Can I reduce the size of a mountain ash now

 

 

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Why do you want to reduce the size?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,665

    You can thin the crown of a mature rowan, but I'd think very carefully before doing it - the shape of the rowan is one of it's chief glories and it's very easy to get these things wrong and end up with a stubby horror which will never improve.

    As Welshonion says, why do you feel it needs reducing?  Is there another way around the problem?

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • How big is it? Now would be the time if you are going to do it. I have one that I keep to about 12 - 15 ft. I usually take out any cross pieces, damaged branches and then keep the leaders cut back. About every 3 to 4 yrs. Let the birds have the berries first though.

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 751

    I agree with Dove, you don't want it to look like an up turned stool which will grow into a witches broom.

    Have a look at these. 

    Well pruned trees are not so easy to find photos of because they look like every other tree but smaller than before. image

  • For anyone who isn't sure how to prune, those pics would be no help at all.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,665

    I think those pics are meant to be a warning, not a guide !!! image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Thanks for all your views,  I really hate to cut this tree or any tree, but  at 20 feet it was becoming unsteady on windy days and can't risk leaving it.

     

     

     

     

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,665

    I'd be very surprised if a healthy Mountain Ash were 'unsteady' even in a strong wind.  They're a tree which is very much at home on windy hillsides, and as such are flexible and bendy in the wind - it is this flexibility which gives them their strength - it is more rigid types of trunk that snap in the wind.

    If it is moving at the base, then it may well be rotten at the roots and needs removing.  

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • I've successfully coppiced a mountain ash it flowered in the second year and now has berries.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    I think if I did anything to a mountain ash it would be coppicing.

    I just hate the look of cut back mature branches. 

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