February — it’s cold, plants are still dormant, and frost is still a common occurrence, but, fingers crossed, we’re through the coldest moments of winter. In these waning months of winter, it’s time to prune fruit trees. Annual pruning helps trees bear more fruit by giving them more light, fewer competing buds, and it protects branches from straining under heavy loads. While there are several things to consider when pruning, here are a few key pruning cuts:
A thinning cut removes an entire branch or stem. The important thing here is to cut just above the branch collar. Do this by first cutting along line a and then line b.
A heading cut removes a part of a branch or stem and is often most useful on the leading header branch. The important thing here is to cut just above a bud.
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