Winter storms and snow accumulation can wreak havoc on your fruit bearing trees. The Fall season is a great time to prepare to trim your fruit trees. You want to trim fruit trees after they have dropped all of their leaves and are completely dormant. If your trees have not yet dropped their leaves, there is an opportunity for you to prepare to trim your tree. Properly trimmed fruit trees will bear better quality fruit the next season.
If your trees have not yet dropped their leaves utilize this time to study the tree. Notice any dead or diseased branches. If you notice any dead or diseased branches, you can use tape or paint to mark the dead branches. This way once the tree is fully dormant and has no more leaves you will know which branches you want to cut.
Blight can be a big problem with many fruit trees. Some signs of blight are weak branches, cracked bark, and spotted or brown leaves. Once a tree is fully dormant the blight will not spread further through the tree. This provides an opportunity for you to trim out the blight, improving the overall health of the tree. It is always a good idea to take precautions when dealing with blight. Make sure to use soapy hot water to wash your pruners in between each clip when you are dealing with blight. Pruning your tree will benefit you and the tree in the long run.
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