When I moved into my house, I noticed that there were a few trees that were significantly overgrown. I knew that I had to do something to make things right, so I started looking for tree trimmers in the area with the kind of experience I needed. I worked with them to figure out what needed to be done, and after they offered a fair quote, I had them begin work. The difference they were able to make was amazing, and I was really impressed with their contribution. This blog is here to help people to make their trees like new with the help of a professional arborist.
If you have a beautiful fruit tree in your yard that isn't producing much fruit, it may need to be pruned. Pruning makes trees healthier and, in the case of fruit trees, pruning forces the tree to produce more fruit. It's best to start pruning a fruit tree from the time you plant it in the ground when it's small. If your tree is mature, you may need to call in a tree pruning service to do the job so you get the best results. Here are some tips for pruning a tree so it bears more fruit.
Prune After The Leaves Fall
A tree is in the dormant stage when the leaves drop in the fall. That is a good time to prune a fruit tree. By removing some of the buds then, the remaining buds will have more nourishment and energy to produce more fruit. Plus, when the leaves are gone, you can see the shape of the tree better, so you know which branches to cut. Pruning in the dormant season produces more growth the following summer, while pruning during the summer can actually cause the tree to under-produce.
Trim From The Top
Fruit trees are usually trimmed from the top. Lopping off the top when the tree is young forces the tree to produce side branches and not grow so tall. This is a desirable shape for fruit trees since it makes the fruit easier to harvest. Once the tree is mature, pruning the top of the tree is important for removing shade. The lower branches need plenty of sunlight to produce bountiful fruit.
Remove Dead Branches
When pruning a fruit tree, you want to remove anything that is not capable of producing fruit. Removing dead and diseased branches keeps infections from spreading, and it protects the health of the tree. Removing suckers and limbs that grow at odd angles is important, too, since these won't be good fruit producers and they just use up energy and nutrients from the tree.
Use Proper Pruning Technique
When removing branches from a fruit tree, you don't want to cut it flush with the trunk, but you don't want to leave a stump either. Both of these are unhealthy conditions for the tree. Instead, the cut has to be made above the ridge of bark that is near the base of every branch where it connects to the trunk. By cutting above this area, the tree is able to seal off the wound and keep rot and diseases from infecting the trunk. This is one reason it's a good idea to let a professional prune a mature fruit tree. If cuts are made in the wrong places, the tree could be weakened and produce less fruit.