Pruning Fruit Trees

By February 20, 2019 No Comments

February and March are good months to prune fruit trees because they are dormant.  Pruning can be beneficial for a tree as it allows for more light and air circulation. It is recommended to prune fruit trees annually.

Here are a few pruning tips:

  • Overlapping branches: remove one so the light can get to the other.
  • Prune vertically growing branches.  Keep the horizontal growing branches as they are the ones that will provide fruit.
  • prune approximately one-quarter of horizontally growing branches.
  • Remove any diseased or broken branches and dispose of them away from the tree.
  • Prune any branches that are touching the ground to deter pests.


Pruning Fruit Trees Graphic By Wilkes County Center NC State University, Bill Hanlin, JoAnne Gryder


For more info on pruning:

Government of Canada Guide, Pruning Trees and Shrubs

 University of Maryland Article, Why Prune Fruit Trees?

North Carolina State University Article, Why is it Important to prune fruit trees?

Next blog post – dormant spraying for trees.

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