How to Trim Fruit Trees

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Trimming fruit trees requires thinning out the topmost branches to create a bowl or vase-shaped tree, which allows the sun to hit the innermost branches for more fruit production. Trim fruit trees annually to encourage more fruit growth with advice from... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about how to trim fruit trees. There are so many different types of fruits that you can grow and you can actually just plant a fruit tree and never touch it and it will still produce fruit but by trimming it each year you can help it grow and produce even more fruit for you and here is a few tips. So when you are pruning any kind of fruit tree the goal is to cut out a lot of the random branches towards the top of the tree because those are usually some of the more fruit branches that are going to produce the more fruit and you want to thin it out about one third the size each year and that way it won't just get tall and lanky and it will fill up and you'll get a lot more fruit quicker. So just by cutting out the lighter colored branches you can get a lot more fruit and you just trim them out and even them out. So there is more sun that gets into the middle branches and the tree will do much better. If you have a fruit tree that has been established and it is really tall and not producing fruit and you have not pruned it very much then you can actually cut out some of the top branches and what you are making is called a vase cut. By doing that you are forcing most of the growth back down to the bottom part of the tree and you'll get a lot more fruit for the next year. So when you are pruning any type of a tree you want to be really careful to cut it at the right angle. For example if it's a large branch you want to cut first at one side and then the other side and then you are cutting that whole heavy branch off because if you just cut from one angle it might actually hurt some of the bark and get into the main trunk and you never want to hurt the main trunk because you will lose the tree if it gets too damaged and you don't want to cut it too far out either where the CD cut is because what happens is it gets too much moisture and it will rot and there is too much dead material. You want to cut it right at a little bit of an angle leaving one to two inches right at where the tree is reading with the main trunk. The same thing you never want to cut right up to the trunk line and make a solid cut because what happens is the tree gets very damaged and sometimes it will eventually kill the tree because it doesn't have bark to protect the main trunk and that is what is needed so just by trimming back all the dead branches and thinning it out every year you can guarantee that your fruit tree will produce wonderful fruit the next year.