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Fruit tree pruning

Are you growing fruit trees, for some home-grown food or perhaps you just have an apple tree in the garden? To make the most of your trees, it's important that you have them pruned every year. That way, you'll get more fruit from your tree.

Most fruit trees need to be pruned in the winter, when they're still dormant. Pruning removes the old branches from the trees, giving the more productive branches more space and light.

A fruitful technique

As well as helping your fruit trees produce more fruit, pruning your trees also keeps them looking nice.

More importantly, it'll also keep them healthy in the long term and reduce the risk of them becoming diseased or dangerous.

Different forms of fruit tree pruning

  • Spur pruning, to promote the growth of short, space efficient branches called "spurs"
  • Renewal pruning, to get a fruit tree back to a good state at a healthy pace
  • Regulatory pruning, looking after the tree by clearing unnecessary branches

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When you want to make the most of your fruit trees, it's important to also control pests such as weeds.

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