Answer: It sounds like you've had quite a challenging time lately -- hopefully the garden will be a nice haven for you. It's true that February is the best time to prune your fruit trees. It may seem counter to common sense, but it really is best because the trees are dormant at that time. When the weather warms in spring, the tree will put its energy into the branches and buds that remain. You can safely prune crossing and misplaced branches this summer, but this may also encourage other buds to start growing weedy growth.
Each of these trees have specific pruning rules to maximize tree health and fruit yield. If you need more details on pruning each of these trees, your county Master Gardeners can help you with a pruning bulletin, or you can obtain a book on pruning from your library or bookstore...make sure they have good, clear diagrams. Enjoy!
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