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Begin pollarding with young trees

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pollarding on young trees

Pollarding starts with young trees. In the dormant season, top the trees using heading cuts through 2 to 3 year old stems and branches. Each year in the dormant season sprouts are removed back to the point of the original cuts. The large heading cut on the trunk on the right hand tree is too large and is likely to cause decay. The other cuts look appropriate because they were made through young wood.