1. When the tree is in its first and second year, prune it back by half before wrapping. This is safe to do as long as the tree is dormant, which by wrapping time, it should be.
If your tree is large, pull all branches inward and tie them together with soft but strong rope. Be sure the rope and branches are completely dry before wrapping. Wait a few days after rainfall, if necessary.
Never use any plastic materials for any part of the process.
(Credit: Newsday/Ed Betz)
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