Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When Should I Prune My Fruit Trees In Utah?

The best time to prune fruit trees in Utah is in the spring before they flower - early March.  But don't worry - if you haven't done your pruning yet, it's not too late.  You can prune fruit trees while they are in bloom.  Please don't prune off more than 1/3 of the tree in a season.  Also, resist the urge to "limb-up" a fruit tree (cutting off all of the lower branches).  The pruning happens all over the tree; on the top, the sides and in the middle.  It is easier and safer to reach the fruit during harvest time if some of the lower branches are left on the tree.  Here is a link to an extensive article  on pruning fruit trees from the experts at Utah State University.
some beautifully pruned fruit trees in Utah

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