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Experts in all aspects of fruit tree care. From the newly planted to veteran orchards, or giving your single cherished tree the care and attention it deserves.
What we do
Winter pruning (November to March) is about renovating old or neglected trees and the formative pruning of younger ones to improve their structure. Removing dead and diseased wood, crossing and wayward branches and thinning to improve air circulation through the canopy.
Summer is the time for structural pruning on stone fruits (plums, cherries, apricots, peaches etc) which are susceptible to disease if pruned during the winter. Late summer is an important time to prune the new growth of the pome fruits (apples, pears etc). Removing young vegetative growth at this time of year encourages the production of fruit buds and concentrates growth and sunlight on the ripening fruit.
PTES, Peoples Trust for Endangered Species has some excellent advice on orchard management. Here's a link to their orchard year planner with a run down of management tasks throughout the year; https://ptes.org/campaigns/traditional-orchard-project/orchard-year-planner/