End of March pruning
It feels odd to wait so
long to prune, until the pears are blooming and the apple buds are
showing their first signs of pink. But the late approach actually makes
the work easier since you can see exactly what each twig is going to do.
You just have to be careful not to knock off tender flower buds while
Our fruit trees came
through the winter unscathed this year, partly because we ripped out the
tender peaches last spring and partly because this past winter just
wasn't as harsh. The real test of fruiting, of course, will come during
Dogwood and Blackberry Winters, when lows may drop beneath the flowers' critical temperatures. I've resolved to cover what I can, but it's hard to imagine protecting whole trees!
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