How to prune your fruit trees now for a summer bumper crop

In this article with the Dallas Morning News, Brian Cox, district manager of Davey's Dallas office, tells homeowners about proper pruning and how to care for fruit trees in the winter.

Posted: Feb. 8, 2017

By Ann McCormick

The edible garden is serene and quiet in winter. Fallen leaves have been gathered and composted, plants are resting quietly, and it's too cold to work the soil. But one task is best done right now, before spring arrives: pruning dormant fruit trees.

Most fruit trees produce fruit on new growth. If heavy peaches or pears grow too far from the trunk, they can weigh down and break the branch.

Proper pruning also eliminates damaged or diseased branches that could cause long-term problems. Dead or seriously damaged branches are the perfect entry point for insects and disease that can harm or kill your fruit tree.

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