Fruit trees look beautiful in the garden and reward you with healthy treats from zesty lemons to juicy oranges.
The trick to getting an even larger harvest next season and a healthier tree all year round is to prune fruit trees now.
How to Prune Fruit Trees:
- Use the right tool for each size branch: a hand pruner for small branches up to the width of your middle finger, a lopper to cut branches 2″-3” wide, a pruning saw for branches up to 6” in diameter, and a chainsaw for larger limbs.
- Remove dead, diseased and deformed branches. Cut away one of any crossed branches.
- Cut away branches growing straight up, called water spouts.
- Strengthen trees by cutting off branches that are not growing at about a 45 degree angle in relation to the trunk.