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Old 02-11-2017, 11:21 AM
 
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So, we had a snowstorm last weekend and my beautiful dogwood split in two.. one of the branches is for sure a goner and I will have to cut it off but I think the rest of the tree can survive if I prune it.

Should I prune now, before spring or wait till after the flowers are gone ? I was soo looking forward to spring and the branches are full of buds.. so I'd hate to have to prune it all off.

advice ?
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Old 02-11-2017, 11:41 AM
 
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Any chance of you posting pictures to show the damage?

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Old 02-11-2017, 12:47 PM
 
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Old 02-11-2017, 03:24 PM
 
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Prune it now, get rid of the damage. There is nothing to be gained by leaving it ragged and broken until later.

Only the top has broken off, the tree will survive.
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Old 02-11-2017, 08:32 PM
 
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I agree, it really needs to be pruned now and for the wellbeing of the tree you will need to sacrifice the abundance of flowers you were hoping for this coming spring. Give it a really good, thorough pruning too because it's rather overgrown and heavy and is already stressed now since the storm damage (splitting like that is traumatic to the tree). A thorough pruning will relieve it of some of the present traumatic stress (and weight) plus the added stress of trying to produce flowers and leaves after being so damaged. Use pruning tar or wax where needed at the big cuts or breaks, get it all healed up this year and your tree will love you for it and produce well again in coming years.

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