If you haven’t trimmed your fruit trees yet you’re not alone. I haven’t done mine but plan on doing them by this weekend. You should trim soon before the buds swell or you’ll miss your opportunity this spring. Below is picture illustrating where to prune an apple tree.
Last year I trimmed the fruit trees heavily so I shouldn’t have to trim too much this year. I just have to take off the water sprouts and small branches that have crossed and are touching in the interior. I didn’t get ANY fruit last year, not even an apple (and I always get those) because of the bitter cold winter we had.
Different winter this year-much warmer with little bits of snow. Not enough snow to quit watering once a month but certainly enough to help. Hell, any moisture helps out here. One more thing to check off my to-do list.
Thanks for this timely tip. My apple trees will be just two years old this fall so this will be the first time I do any pruning to them what so ever.
What kind of apple trees do you have Gene? Do you have a pollinator in the group? When I first got my apple trees, for a couple of years, I didn’t get any fruit because I didn’t have a pollinator tree. That was about 12 years ago. I had three trees-2 granny smiths and 1 Braburn. Then I read about needing a pollinator and got a golden delicious and now normally I get tons of apples.
Thanks for the reminder! I think up in Mora County we have weather similar to Santa Fe’s so will get right to pruning.
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