When is the best time to trim your fruit trees?
Fruit trees trimming should be carried out annually, carefully and at the appropriate time.
Winter fruit tree pruning can be done every year. You can start from late autumn, when the leaves are off and the tree is dormant. It’s easier to see what you are doing and removal of dormant buds (growing points) invigorates the remaining buds. So, try to trim fruit tree approximately from October to February, without waiting for the sap flow. Do not prune the trees in the extreme cold, as the frozen wood is too fragile, tools work badly, cuts become friable and compressed, they heal worse, many buds and branches get damaged.
Do not trim fruit trees planted in autumn, leave them until spring.
In spring branches should be shortened, leave 1/2 or 1/3 of last year's growth.
If the fruit trees are planted in the spring, it’s better to prune them right away. This trimming is necessary because the young tree roots are not be able to have the time to settle down and provide the branches with power.
After the winter you need to be especially careful. First, you need to check whether the wood is slightly frozen. If it has dark color on the one-year accretion - that is a bad sign. In this case, pruning is carried out on elder brunches. It can also serve to rejuvenate the fruit tree.
Summer pruning removes leaves, will slow fruit ripening, and exposes fruit to sunburn. Summer pruning can be beneficial, however, when used to slow down overly vigorous trees or trees that are too large. It is usually done just after the harvest.
So, trimming of a fruit tree is carried out when it is dormant - it is considered the best time.
Trimming begins with apple and pear trees that are over 8 years old. In winter try to prune and trim trees when it is not lower than 21-17°F. Young trees are trimmed and pruned in spring, but before the buds start blooming.
Remember that pruning harms the fruit tree if it is carried out at the beginning of sap flow.
Of course, every species of fruit trees requires a special approach. An experienced arborist will tell you how and when to trim and prune a particular tree. So, if you are not sure whether it is the time to trim your fruit tree, consult the fruit tree pruning service.