Crabapple trees make excellent lawn and garden trees throughout the entire year. These trees don't grow to exceedingly tall heights, but their small branches surround the tree almost in an web pattern. In the spring, crabapple trees are covered with white and baby pink blooms that are rather fragrant and make excellent cuttings for flower arrangements. Some simple care and upkeep, such as pruning, is required to keep these trees healthy and always looking their best.
Clean all of your pruning equipment, such as pruning shears and loppers, using alcohol and a clean cloth. Clean the tools before and after each pruning session to keep from spreading disease and/or pests from one tree to another.
Prune the crabapple tree in the spring before early June. Pruning afterwards can cause lack of blooms, fruit and foliage the next growing season.
Spread a tarp or an old sheet underneath the area of the tree you are pruning. The tarp will catch the falling debris and will make for easy cleanup later. Pull the tarp around the tree as you complete the pruning.
Prune the lower portions of the tree first, using sharp pruning shears. Remove any dead or diseased branches from the crabapple tree, and cut away any branches that are crossed over each other.
Use a stepladder and garden loppers to prune the higher portions of the crabapple tree. Cut out any long, scraggly branches that take away from the tree's appearance.
Remove any scattered debris and the tarp from underneath the tree. Burn the clippings from the tree or add them to a compost pile for later use.