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Guidelines For Pruning Your Fruit Trees

By Jesse Wayne

For those who have fruit trees, it’s essential for you to know the way to prune them properly. Pruning is the removal of lifeless or unneeded tree branches to promote the formation of blossoms. Keep reading for some recommendations to show you how to get the job done right.

Very often, a tree will dedicate some of its resources to branches that don’t need it, at the same time giving short shrift to branches which are bearing more fruit. When you take away the branches that are taking more than their share of nutrients, you are going to notice that the other ones begin to flourish. Moreover, pruning evens out the tree’s shape by making sure that you have the same density of branches all over. An excessive number of branches on just one side can cause the tree to become permanently crooked.

Never wait to begin trimming until the tree is bearing fruit. Through the overall growth process, be sure to cut back the tree in such a manner that it will be balanced and symmetrical. Subsequently, once it does start to bear fruit, the results will probably be significantly better.

As you begin trimming, the first thing to keep an eye out for are any branches which are unhealthy or lifeless. Normally, you’ll observe that they don’t produce any fruit, and may be malformed or discolored. These could be very detrimental to the condition of your tree.

The second type of tree branch to look for is the one that is very near to a number of the other branches, meaning that they might end up becoming overly crowded. Remove the smaller of the two to help the larger one to have the room that it requires. A similar rule applies to the weight balance of the tree. Frequently a tree will produce a greater number of branches on a single side than the other and end up being unbalanced.

Pruning practices will take into consideration how old your tree is. To illustrate, for the first three years of growth, trimming should be determined by the need to manipulate the shape of the tree. After it is well established, your pruning strategies will be for the purpose of keeping the size and shape.

Once you’ve pruned all those branches, what do you do with them? A great solution is to shred them into mulch, which you can use on your garden or for decorative landscaping. Click here to learn more about wood chippers shredders and whether they’re right for you.

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