Fruit Tree Facts

Fruit tree pruning for homeowners in Springfield and Eugene, Oregon

When is the best time to prune fruit trees?

It depends on what kind of fruit....

Stone fruit VS Pome Fruit

  • Pome fruit: A fleshy fruit that contains seeds in the center for example: apple & pear.

  • Stone fruit (aka a drupe) : A fleshy fruit with one large hard pit in the center for example: a peach or a plum.

What time of year do you prune?

  • Pome fruit: Make pruning cuts in late winter in February, early March.

  • Stone fruit: Make some summer pruning cuts in mid June / July.



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Pruning fruit trees is an important part of maintaining a healthy and productive garden.

Not only does it help to shape and train the tree, but it can also promote the growth of new fruit-bearing branches and improve the overall quality of the fruit. If you're looking to hire a professional tree care service, Johnny Loves Tree Care is a great choice. They are experienced in all aspects of fruit tree pruning and can help you achieve the best results.

When it comes to pruning fruit trees, timing is crucial!

The best time to prune most fruit trees is during the dormant season, when the tree is not actively growing. This is usually from late fall to early spring, depending on the region. Pruning at this time allows for easier access to the branches and reduces the risk of damaging the tree.

Before you start pruning, it's important to assess the tree's overall health and structure. Look for any dead, diseased, or damaged branches that should be removed. These branches can harbor pests and diseases that can spread to the rest of the tree. You should also look for any branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other, as these can cause damage and reduce fruit production.

Once you've identified the branches that need to be removed, it's important to use proper pruning techniques to ensure that the tree remains healthy. When cutting a branch, make sure to use clean, sharp pruning tools to avoid tearing the bark. Make the cut just above a bud or branch that is facing outward and away from the center of the tree. This will encourage the tree to grow in the desired direction.

In addition to removing excess branches, you may also need to thin out the canopy of the tree to allow for more sunlight and air circulation. This can help to prevent the spread of diseases and improve the overall health of the tree. Just be sure not to remove too much of the canopy at once, as this can stress the tree.

By following these tips, you can effectively prune your fruit trees and keep them healthy and productive. Johnny Loves Tree Care can provide expert tree care services, including fruit tree pruning, to help you achieve the best results. Contact us today for all of your tree care needs.

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