Deciduous Defoliating

I have most conifers but i have only 1 deciduous tree(bouganvillea) around what time is it ok to defoliate the leaves?(im scared i might kill the kill) And what is the reasoning for defoliating the tree, why not let nature take its course? Thanks guys

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You defoliate (or partially defoliate) when you are moving the tree into refinement. The recent post-flush pruning video is a great place to start with your question.

Sometimes it depends on what kind of deciduous tree you are working with.

Only defoliate a healthy tree.


Thank you that was very helpful

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