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Question: I have a young peach tree. It has grown four feet tall in one year. It now has a lot of new growth and leaves. My question is--Am I supposed to cut or trim anything off of it?? This is my first time at growing a fruit tree, so I don't know what to do with it....Thank You so much...Diane Drawdy

Answer: Diane,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

There is not much you need to do now that the tree is growing. Most pruning should be done at the end of the dormant season before the tree gets new leaves. For now just trim out any vigorous upright shoots growing into the interior of the tree. This keeps the tree open allowing light inside to maintain good fruitful twigs throughout the tree. The following online publication will guide you in how to properly prune your peach tree next winter.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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