Fruit tree pruning
Pruning apples and pears in orchards and gardens within a 30 mile radius or Bristol keeps us outdoors during the winter months when other gardeners are hibernating. There’s also lots to do in the orchard during the summer, take a look at my seasonal calander page for more information.
A quote from The Garden, RHS Magazine, Jan 2019:
“Apple trees will grow and bear fruit even without pruning, but as trees age branches gradually become more congested and trees will bear smaller, inferior fruit. Overgrown crowded conditions also encourage the spread of pests and disease. Regular pruning is an opportunity to remove dead, damaged or diseased wood: control tree size and shape; and encourage growth of younger more productive wood – all with the aim of obtaining better quality crops of fruit”
Tidying up a young apple tree
The centre of the tree was congested with many crossing and rubbing branches. The supporting stake had been left on for too long, damaging the main stem.
All crossing and rubbing branches were removed to leave a healthy, open-centred tree. Smaller twigs have been pruned back to an outward facing bud, larger branches were cut back to a junction with a smaller branch to maintain a flow of sap to the outermost parts of the canopy.