Prune Fruit Trees and Shrubs at The Right Time

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Make sure youre pruning your fruit tree or shrub at the right time.
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Make sure you're pruning your fruit tree or shrub at the right time.

Photo by Auntjojo under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.



I still have a few leaves clinging to my apple tree branches, but the apricot tree is almost bare. The cold weather and dark days are a reminder that it's nearly time for the basic chore of pruning trees and shrubs on the suburban farm.

Generally speaking, the best time to prune trees and shrubs is while they're dormant. This would be during the season that the plant isn't actively growing...like it's asleep and this generally means during the winter (but not always). There's nothing hard about basic pruning (we're not talking about the fancy stuff). There's nothing terribly scary about just cleaning up dead growth or cross-branches on a woody shrub. After all, you've been plenty capable of this type of pruning since Kindergarten when you learned to control those stubby scissors.

No, it's not always the act of pruning that can get tricky, but rather the timing and the type of pruning that needs to be done. Take raspberries for instance. Do you have autumn-fruiting raspberries or summer fruiting raspberries? Autumn fruiting raspberries are a cinch to prune because they bear fruit on the canes that grew in this year. So, while these raspberries are dormant, you simply cut all of the canes right to the ground.

If you have the summer fruiting raspberries, you'd cut down only the canes that bore fruit during the current summer. The canes that grew in last year should be left if you'd like raspberries next summer. By the way, raspberries may be pruned 2-3 times a year depending on the type. They're at least pruned once in the spring and once after harvesting. Notice that this isn't the same time that you'd prune apple trees.

So, the lesson here is to know the plant that you'd like to prune and then do a little research to be certain that you're taking the clippers to it at the right time.


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