Now is a great time to prune those long neglected apple, cherry, apricot, pear, and plum trees.
I know that a lot of people become stressed-out about pruning fruit trees, fearing that they will irreparably harm them.
While it’s true that bad pruning can harm trees, no pruning is often just as bad if not worse.
Here are a few simple rules for pruning your fruit trees:
• Don’t remove more than a quarter of the branches in any one year
• Ensure that every branch is attached to the tree at a wide angle. Narrow "V-shaped" branch attachments are weak and can split
• Remove broken branches
• Remove crossing branches
• Never leave a "stub" but never "flush cut" a branch, always leave a "collar" that is a few millimeters deep
If you are still a little apprehensive about pruning, pop on down to Hole’s, and we can show you how!