Pruning fruit trees
can understand why many dabblers in orcharding don't prune their tree
fruits, or prune them very lightly. Even though I'm starting to
build up my confidence after several years of pruning, I'm still a bit
daunted when the time comes to take a wheelbarrow load of branches off
our biggest peach tree. She just looks so naked with the
watersprouts, crossing branches, and shaded branches removed, like she
couldn't possibly put out a bushel of peaches this summer. And
yet, my photographic record from last year shows that she looked just
as shorn after being pruned then, and our
peach harvest last summer was phenomenal.
I'm almost confident
enough about my skills to write a lunchtime series about pruning, but
not quite. Maybe next year. Especially if I can talk my
pear limbs into toeing the line and succumbing to my training job
this year rather than making 90 degree turns and growing straight up.
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