Pruning Fruit Trees in Summer and Winter

Pruning Fruit Trees in Summer and Winter
by Frank Okamura

Pruning can help the grower to regulate to a certain extent the quantity and quality of the fruit to be borne. If there are too many branches and too many fruit spurs there may be quantity without size or quality.

Pruning should facilitate the picking of the fruit and the complete spraying of the trees. It is difficult to control pests and diseases on branches that are extremely tall, unless one has special spraying equipment. Any good pruner must feel his power. He must know and realize what he is doing, for he can make the tree grow and develop largely as he wills, and his skill is going to determine the future of the bush or tree to a large extent.

The dreaded trouble Silverleaf invariably enters through a wound and so kills plums, damsons, cherries, peaches, and even apples and pears.

He must learn to prune young wood just above a bud, and to saw back branches so as to leave no ‘snag’ at all; that is to say, the sawcut must be made right the way back to the other branch, or to just below another branch growing lower down.

There is no doubt at all that one can make the cleanest cut with a first-class knife made of Sheffield steel. The blade of this knife, of course, will be kept sharp and the keen pruner keeps a small whetstone about 3 inches long in his pocket for the purpose.

It cannot be denied that most of the chemical fertilizers used today are, in fact, produced synthetically in factories. They are applied in the form of soluble concentrated salts and thus they produce in the soil conditions which have ho counterpart in nature.

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