Q. I planted two 12 foot Mexican white oaks in July this year. Can I prune some of the lower branches off the trunk now?

A. It is best for the tree’s growth rate if you do not reduce its leaf surface this early in its growth. Wait until the side branches grow to at least one inch in diameter before you do any pruning. If the tree was larger, January or February would be the best time to prune.

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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