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Jan 26, 2017 1:57 PM CST
My neighbor thought he was helping with my fruit trees but I am horrified of what I saw. There is a pic of the peach tree. And I have a pear tree as well. They are about 4 years old and last year the branches all bent to the ground and some broke off because I did not trim them back. Well he chopped them and now I am scared that they are ruined! Will they grow back???
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jan 26, 2017 2:06 PM CST
They will be allright. You won't get any fruit this year though. I suggest you read up on pruning. Both trees have a different technique of pruning.
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Name: Daisy I
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Jan 26, 2017 2:40 PM CST
That's a pretty radical pruning job! As Philip pointed out, it will take a couple years but will be fine. In fact, the tree will grow faster than usual because it will be trying to produce enough new growth to support the rooting system.

I remember a time my Grandfather pruned my Mother's apricot tree. It looked about like you tree when he was done, and my mother was horrified. But within a couple years, the tree had regrown and was healthier and happier than pre-pruning.

So, time will tell. In the mean time, learn to prune your own trees. Your local gardening center will probably put on a class this summer or go to the library and read.

Pears are pruned much as apples - the 'spurs' where the pears grow are used year after year. The pruning regimen encourages the creation of new spurs without cutting off the old. Don't go for pretty - they just aren't pretty if pruned to increase fruit yield.

Peaches, nectarines and pluots produce fruit on new wood so you are pruning to encourage new growth.

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Jan 26, 2017 3:04 PM CST
Thank you for your advice. I pray it at least grows leaves this spring at least. I uploaded the pear tree as well. I will not let him ever touch my trees again. I am just so sad.....
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Name: Karen
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Jan 26, 2017 3:44 PM CST
it looks sad now, but it will come back just fine. It won't look sad for too long. Yes, don't ever let him touch your plants again! Some people mean well, but they don't have a clue.
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Jan 26, 2017 8:58 PM CST
My pear tree grows like a weed! You'll be amazed.
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