How to Trim Peach Trees


Peach trees are native to Asia but they have been grown in the United States for a couple of hundred years. They are small fruit trees with a height of about 25 feet and a maximum spread of 20 feet. Most peach tree varieties are only hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. They need full sun exposure and well-drained soil in order to grow well. Peach trees also need to be trimmed once a year to keep them healthy.

Step 1

Remove any dead, diseased or damaged wood from the peach trees. Dead wood is gray or brittle and will break easily. Remove the wood with the pruning saw or pruning shears 1 to 2 inches from the trunk of the peach trees. Remove dead twigs at their base.

Step 2

Cut off any water sprouts at the base of the peach trees. Water sprouts are small upright growing branches. Trim them off with the pruning shears.

Step 3

Remove any crossing branches from the peach trees. Cut them off with the pruning saw or pruning shears 1 to 2 inches before the trunk. This improves the light that reaches the inner part of the peach tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning saw
  • Pruning shears


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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.