A Guide to Pruning Fruit Trees

Excerpt from the Pruning Simplified book on pruning fruit trees, including how to improve your fruit trees, reasons for pruning, pruning sanitation, and when to prune fruit trees.



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Thin branches so that sunlight and air can easily reash all parts of the tree.
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Older trees are best trimmed with a long-handled pruning saw.
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Figure 3: modified leader.
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Figure 2: central leader.
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Figure 1: a grafted fruit tree.
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Make small cuts, beginning from the outside, to avoid splitting limbs.
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Figure 5: The interior of an unpruned tree gets almost no light.
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Figure 4: open center
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Figure 7: thinning fruit.
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Figure 6: All areas of a pruned tree receive light.
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Figure 8: pruning a heavy limb.
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Pruning sanitation: first-year tree before pruning.
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Figure 9: prune crossed branches.
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Figure 10: water sprouts and root suckers.
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Pruning sanitation: third-year tree after pruning.
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Pruning sanitation: second-year tree before pruning.
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Pruning sanitation: second-year tree after pruning.
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Pruning sanitation: first-year tree after pruning.
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Pruning sanitation: third-year tree before pruning.
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