move branches on a maple tree
I have a maple tree with a fairly large empty spot. Can I cut a lower branch and graft it into the open spot so it will fill in? If so, how do I do this? Thank you!
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
No, this would not be possible, but you can encourage nearby branches to grow into the area. When a branch is cut, it will force to shoots to grow perpendicular to it. Think of it as a small "t". If the top of the "t" is cut, the sides of the "t" will start to grow out. Cutting the tips off branches around the empty spots will force the branches to into the spots instead of away from the tree.