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Pruning: A primary objective of pruning is to develop a strong tree framework that will support fruit production. Proper tree pruning also opens up the tree canopy to maximize light and air penetration. Additionally, a well shaped fruit tree is aesthetically pleasing, whether in a landscaped backyard or a garden.

 

Basic principles of pruning fruit trees:

 

-         The first years a fruit tree is in the ground are important to its future performance. It's then that the tree should form its permanent framework. Start pruning as early as possible.

-         Remove all dead, diseased and weak branches. Prune away new branches that grow at odd angles and vertical growing shoots

-         Maintain open space between limbs and thin secondary branches to allow sunlight and air to reach the center of the tree.

-         Select the three or four strongest branches to form the canopy and remove all the others - including any attached to the main trunk at a narrow angle.

-         To avoid breakage, keep the lateral branches as short as possible. Don’t let the tree spread too much.

-         Remember that heavy pruning will encourage vigorous growth while selective pruning will increase the fruit production.

 

Cherries: They are usually pruned with moderation in summer, to reduce the attack of a disease called Silver Leaf.

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