Fruit Tree Pruning: How to Cut and Cultivate Fruit Trees Properly

Don’t wait too long with your spring tree pruning.

Cutting your fruit trees the right way is like a rejuvenating cure. It converts the branches, directs the flow of sap and promotes abundance of flowers and harvest of fruit trees. Spring is the right time for pruning trees. Due to the warm winter trees are budding earlier than usual. Therefore, you should not begin too late with pruning your fruit trees. Regularly trimmed shrubs bloom richer and bear more fruit.

What needs to be considered and what works when pruning trees will be discussed in this article.

The Right Time For Pruning Trees

man pruning treeApart from peach and sweet cherry, fruit trees and berry bushes should be cut in the period between November and April. Who comes too late is risking that the tree does not cast out properly and later wearing only a few fruits. In any case, one should also be careful not to carry out pruning trees in freezing temperatures. Because the open wounds may be aggravated by strong frosts and damage the wood. Peach trees are cut in April or May, because additional care must be taken on the flower buds. Sweet cherries are pruned in summer right after the cherry harvest.

Pruning Trees For Better Harvest

“As with other woody plants dead wood must be removed from fruit trees,” said David Moore, President of Arbor Chiefs, a leading tree service company in Dallas. Especially branches that cross grow and therefore can rub against other branches, or steeply growing up branches should be removed in the spring. Likewise, branches are removed, which have already borne fruit for several years. That’s because fruit on young wood has a better quality. Old branches should be removed in order to encourage new growth.

Pruning Trees Prevents Fungus Diseases

Gardeners should also consider to thin out the treetops every now and again. Then sufficient sunlight can get to the lower portion of the tree and ripen the fruit. It must also be thinned out regularly, so that more air can circulate into the crown. This will prevent fungal diseases.

“In addition, cutting measures on the border with neighboring plots are often necessary. Or where a tree has grown too high and, for example, casts unwanted shadows”, David Moore  explains.  “Finally, you should provide sufficient space in the branches of a large fruit tree for convenient harvesting.”

Treat Gnawing Damage Properly

Check out your trees for possible gnawing damage very carefully. “Especially dangerous are voles,” says Moore. By shaking the tree, you can find out how strong the root system is damaged. “In any case, you should tread down the soil and cut back the wood,” he advises. To prevent further damage, you should also get rid of the voles from the garden.

Far less problematic are browsing damage from hare or rabbit on the trunk. “The wound should be smoothed with a knife,” David recommends. When field mice have gnawed the root reason, the wound will first be cleaned and then also smoothed.

Suitable Plant Fertilizers For Fruit Trees

After cutting the trees at the start of a new gardening season it is necessary to give some starting aid in the form of fertilizer. “Ideally you’re going to use organic fertilizer,” recommends David Moore. Its implementation in the soil begins exactly on time, namely, the growth time. To summaries: if you carry out all the necessary pruning methods you will be rewarded for your work with delicious fruit.