Question: I have a new tree that isn’t growing very well. It was dug this past winter, but it has very few leaves. Should it have been pruned when it was dug?
Answer: Absolutely. That pruning is done to compensate for the roots that were lost in the digging. You need to thin any tree of that sort out by 30 to 40 percent, or you can remove part of the top growth, or a combination of the two.