It’s finally springtime, and your fruit trees are starting to bloom. You may be wondering, when is the best time to prune my fruit trees?
The best time to prune apple and pear trees is in late winter or early spring, before the new growth begins. You’ll want to remove any dead or diseased branches, as well as any crossing or rubbing branches. You should also thin out the canopy to allow more light and air circulation. In addition, you’ll want to cut back any branches that are growing vertically – these won’t produce fruit.
Pruning in late winter or early spring allows you to see the structure of the tree better. The leaves are not in the way, so you can really see where you need to make cuts. It also helps to prevent disease, because you are cutting away any diseased or damaged wood.
Another reason why this is the best time to prune fruit trees is because it stimulates new growth. When you make cuts in the tree, it sends out hormones that tell the tree to start growing new shoots. This is what you want – lots of new growth! This new growth will be strong and healthy, and will produce lots of fruit.
So, when should you avoid pruning your fruit trees? Generally speaking, you should avoid pruning during the growing season (from spring until fall). Pruning during this time can shock the tree and cause it to produce less fruit. It can also cause diseases and pests to attack the tree.
So, there you have it! The best time to prune fruit trees is in late winter or early spring. This will help stimulate new growth and produce lots of healthy fruit!