Professional pruning fruit trees
Why is important to prune your fruit trees regularly?
Pruning fruit trees helps to increase the number of fruits and reduce the damage caused by infections. The fruit trees in the garden grow for 30-60 years, we can keep them young by pruning. At an advanced age, we can harvest 25-30% more crops from a cared-for tree if we follow a few important steps.
In this article, we will learn about the three basic rules of pruning a fruit tree and why it is important to do it regularly every year.
Rule 1: Why prune fruit trees?
In order to take good care of our plants, it is important to know why they need to be pruned. Rejuvenating the trees is necessary to have more fruit on them, and we can also improve a lot with this quality. Dense branches must be pruned in order for the sunlight reaches the fruiting parts.
The tree must be of a manageable size to gain access to the fruits. It is also important to improve not only the quantity by keeping the tree canopy airy. Frequent pruning prevents fungal infections and damage caused by other diseases.
Rule 2: When to prune fruit trees?
However, it doesn’t matter which tree we pruning when. The best time to prune apples, pears are from February to March-April, on a day when there is no more frost and the branches are not burdened by snow or ice.
Other trees like plums, cherries, sour cherries, apricots, it’s worth waiting until April. In the case of peach trees, the goal here is not necessarily to have a high yield, as they will not be able to develop and ripen properly. They should aim for a smaller but good quality crop.
The walnut tree is one of those pruned in late August, but rather in September. This is also a better time because wounds heal in less time.
Rule 3: How to prune fruit trees?
We recommend using good quality, sharp pruning secateurs to prune the fruit trees. If you want to renovate an older tree, you can also get a mini battery chainsaw for the operation. Before using any of them, disinfect them with alcohol to prevent infections and disease from one tree to another. When applying, press the branch in the opposite direction, then the scissors can be cut more easily by tilting them towards you.
For mature and productive trees, only maintenance and thinning are required. Old trees may require rejuvenating pruning.
Tree crown thinning, spacing is also important for maintenance and rejuvenation pruning. To achieve this, we cut out the inwardly aspiring twigs and canes, as well as those that intersect or are too densely spaced.
There are thus three basic rules for pruning fruit trees. The first is why, then when, and finally how to prune the plants. It doesn’t matter which varieties are when we prune them, or you also need to know how to prune them. It is important to disinfect pruning shears so that any diseases are not passed on from one tree to another.