Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:55
we have inherited a mature flowering cherry in our front garden. it appears healthy and has flowered well for the first two springs we have been in the house and has just started flowering again this year.
However, there are a number of long straggley branches overhanging onto the front footpath and over the neighbour's fence. there are also telephone cables above and there are branches beginning to reach into these too.
I would like to prune and shape the tree this summer, and intend to plan for that now before the leaves appear.
- How hard can I cut it back?
- Will new flowering shoots appear on the larger mature branches if I cut them hard back?
- Will I need to treat the branches after cutting
Any advice or experience would be very welcome. thanks!!