Gardening: Get pruning to ensure a good apple and pears crop

If you have an apple or pear tree, now’s the time to winter prune it to ensure a good crop of fruit in autumn. Unpruned trees become less productive and congested with old branches.
Winter pruning is for apples and pears grown as bush or standard trees carried out when the tree is dormant.
Start with clean loppers, secateurs and a pruning saw.
If you do nothing else, remove dead, diseased, weak or crossing branches.
The aim is to create an open goblet shape with a framework of about five main branches.
You don’t want to cut off the branches that bear fruit, so find out whether the tree is a... read more

19 January 2018 in Regional North East, Views: 35

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