Tree Pruning: Removing Water Shoots & Suckers

Remove water shoots and suckers from trees as soon as you can, as they divert water and nutrients from the tree if left to grow. 

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Step 1: Clip Shoots

Clip Shoots

Clip Shoots

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Water shoots that are growing through the bark or around the edges of a wound should be removed at their base; use pruners to avoid tears in the bark.

Step 2: Remove Suckers

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Suckers need to be cut off as close to the base of the shoot as possible. Rub off any regrowth using your fingers or foot as soon as it appears.

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