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delguy
Jul 25, 2017 12:50 PM CST
I have allot of fruit trees, some of the branches are so low you have to duck to go under them. I want to prune them to shape the tree better. Can I do this now? July.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 25, 2017 1:24 PM CST
No, you're much better off to wait until after the trees lose their leaves in the fall. Every leaf on the trees is working hard right now, making food for the tree and sugar for the fruit. You don't want to prune off leafy branches unless you absolutely have to.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 25, 2017 2:47 PM CST
If you have branches that may break under the weight of fruit, use a 2x4 to support the branch.

When you do prune (next winter), learn how to do it first. Most nurseries offer fruit tree pruning seminars. Fruit trees are not 'shaped' for appearance, they are pruned for fruit production. And most end up looking pretty ugly. Smiling

Pruning style will depend upon what you are growing. (BTW, cherries and apricots are best pruned right after you harvest the fruit)
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 25, 2017 3:00 PM CST
Howdy there ! From, California's, San Joaquin Valley.
Most farmer's hear prune there fruit trees, right after harvest. Rule of thumb #1. is no more then 30 % !
Our summer temps are usually between 90 to 110 f.
If your temps, are way much higher. Just prune lower branches. It won't hurt tree. They, will, just grow more.
Rule of thumb #2. Severe pruning, promotes, rapid growth ! Butt ! Also refer to rule #1.

Personally !😁! I like my fruit close to ground. Easier to pick. Thumbs up

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 25, 2017 3:15 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Howdy there ! From, California's, San Joaquin Valley.
Most farmer's hear prune there fruit trees, right after harvest.


Hmmm... I will let my farmer friends know they have been pruning at the wrong time of year all this time.

The trees need the time after harvest and before winter to store as much energy as possible. Even 30% less leaves would slow down that process. And, as you didn't dig up the tree and prune the roots, the tree would put all the energy it did make into replacing the lost branches instead of storing up for the winter.

Sorry Philip with one L, I have to disagree. No summer pruning.

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