Yesterday I talked about pruning your trees and shrubs, today I want to talk a little more about pruning your fruit trees. We used to have a small orchard several years ago, until we moved to where we currently live. Giving up that small fruit orchards was one of the hardest parts about moving. But when we moved we planted several fruit trees and now we have a smaller, but still big enough for us, orchard.
Fruit trees should be pruned and the branches thinned out every spring for maximum fruit production. You don’t want to cut the tree back too much, but you do want to open up the middle a little so sunlight can filter through the branches and leaves to get to the fruit.
You also want to get any sucker branches trimmed off the base of the tree (these are usually branches that grow straight up, and detract from the tree instead of adding to it and giving fruit).
If you’re looking for some in depth fruit tree pruning guide check out a couple of these links:
- Apple Tree Pruning
- Training and Pruning Fruit Trees
- Pruning Grapes
- 10 Basics of How and When to Prune Fruit Trees
If at all possible, you’ll want to finish your pruning before your trees come out of their dormant stage and start blooming. Light pruning is ok during the summer, but too much pruning during the late spring and summer months can be hard on your fruit tree, and reduce your fruit production.
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