Pruning trees, especially fruit trees, can seem a really daunting task.
I was like this in the beginning and trust me, I am no green thumb. But in the video below I will show how I prune my fruit trees and have had great results. Most people don’t have lots of space to grow full sized fruit trees, so it’s best to keep them pruned to a manageable size. Sometimes you just need to do it, plants will let you know if you have pruned too much or not enough, so give it a go.
It’s best to let your tree establish itself for a few years before you give it its first prune. The best way to get started is to start by doing a light prune to get your confidence up. As I show in the video, cut just above a bud (where new growth is starting) and work your way around the tree.
There are only two other things to keep in mind when pruning, especially fruit trees or roses:
- Make sure your secateurs are clean and sharp. Give the blades a wipe down with soapy water in between pruning different plants to ensure you don’t pass on any diseases or pests.
- The time of year to prune. For me down in the south east of the State, it gets very cold and frosty early in the year so I like to prune in May. Normally in most temperate areas you can prune May to June.
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Essentially that’s all there is to it. Hope this gives you a little confidence in giving it ago. Happy pruning.