Fruit tree pruning is a technique that's employed to control growth, remove dead or diseased wood, stimulate the formation of flowers and/or fruit buds.
Quite often it means cutting branches shorter or removing altogether.
It may also mean the removal of shoots (including stems), buds, leaves, etc.
It requires pruning of a young tree to develop a balanced shape with strong branches that will support heavy fruit crops.
The aim is to develop an open, balanced network of strong, unshaded branches above the height of grazing livestock and machinery.
Prune trees to the shape and style of those found locally. The amount of pruning will vary according to the variety and rootstock of the fruit tree.
Fruit tree pruning requires identification of the branch collar's to the proper location before removing a branch.
It must done in the correct order to ensure preservation of the bark tissue (cambium) and the branch collar.
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