Pruning Fruit Trees Plymouth

Pruning fruit trees in Plymouth is a time-sensitive and delicate task that NJC Tree Services have down to a fine art. Our experienced team will trim and tidy your fruit-bearing trees for optimum crop yields. With a regular pruning routine conducted at the right time of year, your fruit trees will stay healthy, productive and looking their best. Moreover, we will remove deadwood to draw in more sunlight, encouraging fresh new growth. For a free quotation on fruit tree maintenance in Plymouth, Plympton, Plymstock, Ivybridge, Tavistock, Kingsbridge and neighbouring areas contact us today.

How Do You Prune Fruit Trees?

Pruning requires precision and attention to detail. Not every fruit tree requires the exact same treatment but the key things to remember are:

  • Use sharp tools to prevent tears and unnecessary damage occurring
  • Remove dead, dying and diseased wood
  • Remove branches that are crossing or rubbing
  • Cut back on the last 12 months growth by approximately a third
  • Leave fresh shoots unless overcrowded or crossing
  • Remove older, larger shoots that are growing inwards towards the tree
  • Thin out unruly trees by removing large branches from the base
  • Prune at the right time of year. When to prune is as important as how!

When Should You Prune Fruit Trees?

When to prune, depends on the type of fruit tree you are dealing with. As a rule of thumb, it is better to avoid autumn pruning as your fruit tree is preparing to wind down for the winter. The majority of pruning activity takes place in winter, spring and summer months.

Winter Pruning

Winter pruning is usually recommended for all ‘pome’ fruit-bearing trees, such as apples and pears and should be done between November and March. Unless your tree is well-trained, winter pruning is preferable to encourage greater growth during the season. Consult NJC Tree services for winter pruning routines to ensure that that your trees will be flourishing come summer.

Spring and Summer Pruning

Due to their quicker fruiting period, trees that bear stone fruits or berries are better suited to spring or summer pruning, to increase yields. It also allows you to keep plants manageable and prevent overgrowth. This is sometimes advantageous for trained apple or pear trees too. Speak to our professional team for spring and summer pruning routines. We will help to get those fresh summer fruits on your plate so you can spend your time just enjoying the sunshine.

Contact NJC Tree Services for Fruit Tree Care

For routine help on pruning fruit trees in Plymouth and all surrounding areas come to us. We offer a clean, tidy and friendly service, greeting you with a smile and leaving you with no mess to clear up. Call today for a free quotation on fruit tree maintenance near you.