When is the best time of year to prune fruit trees”

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When is the best time of year to prune fruit trees”

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There are different reasons why you’d like to prune General Prunning in Early Summer Good timing of early summer pruning on most fruit crops can significantly reduce late summer and winter pruning requirements. Careful pinching out of undesirable growth such as “water-shoots” in spring has many benefits. Firstly, growth is reallocated to more desirable parts of the tree such as the apex or more horizontal fruiting shoots. Secondly, the pinching out of green shoots in spring is fast compared to lopper pruning in winter. Thirdly, green woods heal faster than hardwood cuts, decreasing disease risk. In some crops, poor timing of pruning can have a major impact. An example of this is kiwifruit, where late or no summer pruning causes excessive shoot tangling. This leads to difficulty with access into and around the orchard and can more than double winter pruning costs. Early to Late Spring for Peaches Peach trees should be pruned yearly to maintain an open center, to eliminate weak or misdir