Pruning fruit trees now means big rewards later

If you have fruit trees, now is the time to prune. Don't be afraid; it's an essential component of having a healthy tree — as long as it's done correctly.

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February 25, 2020 - 10:05 AM

It’s been a long winter. I can remember many times when February brought stretches of really nice spring-like weather. Not this year! 

Are you itching to get out of the house and do something productive in the landscape? If you have fruit trees, now is the time to prune. A little planning ahead with fruit trees, such as pruning, can mean big rewards later in the growing season. 

Are you like many who are “afraid” to prune? Don’t be. When done correctly, pruning is an essential component of growing a healthy, productive fruit tree. Fruit trees should be pruned every year and for several reasons. The first is the development of a strong tree structure. Pruning should begin when the tree is planted and continued each year thereafter. Another reason to prune is the increased penetration of sunlight for the development of fruit buds and for the fruit to mature properly.

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