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Tree Pruning Tips: How To Prune A Mature Peach Tree

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Tree Pruning Tips: How To Prune A Mature Peach Tree

Author : Graham Brightwell   Top Author

Submitted : 2014-01-08 19:28:48    Word Count : 758    Popularity:   Not Rated

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Knowing how to prune a peach tree the right way is important to the growth and development of the tree. Trimming your peach tree can help give you the largest and juiciest fruits and the best harvest. It's a good thing that learning how to prune a peach tree is relatively easy. Check out these helpful tips and guidelines on pruning trees.

1. Know when to prune your tree. It's best to prune a peach tree in early spring, after the last cold snap of the winter season. But avoid pruning during a very cold weather. Otherwise, the cold-hardiness of your tree, as well as its overall output of fruit will be greatly reduced. Typically, the best month for pruning is February. However, you have to adjust this period of time based on your local weather.

2. Prune older trees before the younger trees. This is to allow for new growth. Never prune your tree when it is blooming or immediately after blooming. This will negatively affect the tree's new growth. Prune a peach tree at planting or at the next spring season (if done in fall season). Take note that it's better to trim late in the year than a bit early.

3. Use the right pruning tools. There are a number of different tools for tree trimming available, and each with a different purpose. For smaller and more manageable branches, use pruning shears; and use a chainsaw to trim larger branches, if necessary. But pruning shears are safer to use than a chain saw. Use the right size of pruning shears for the job. But when you choose to use a chain saw be extra careful not to nick other branches. This opens the branches to fungal growth and bacteria.

4. Know how much you should prune. When trimming off some branches, it's best to follow the rule known as the "cat tossing." All branches on your peach tree must be wide enough apart that when you toss a cat between each branch, it can fit through without hitting a single branch. When your tree reaches maturity, it should reach the preferred height of eight to nine feet. Prune your peach tree low to start. This is to encourage outward growth, rather than upward. Full huge, full fruit; remove up to 90% of the total developing fruit. A healthy tree can produce way more than it's capable of carrying, and should have most of it taken off for best results.

Here's how to prune a mature peach tree:

1. Get rid of all unhealthy and dead parts of the tree, as well as those infected with fungus. Remove all suckers that develop near the roots of your tree. Remove any dried fruit from last year's harvest. Remove any water shoot near the top of your tree. These are comparable to suckers that develop from the top branches.

2. Shape and train the peach tree. This is the most vital step in trimming, as it's responsible for the tree's ultimate fruit production and growth pattern. Choose four to six branches to work with, and prune off all the rest. All the branches you cut off must be growing at a 45-degree angle. Any branches growing horizontally or vertically have to be removed, as they tend to break when the tree starts bearing fruits. Prune in a v-shaped pattern. All branches must appear like letter V. Trim off branches that cross over each other, as they create shade that blocks off essential sunlight. Get rid of any branches on which new growth is developing upwards above your head. This will make picking fruit a bit of a challenge.

3. Prune near the base of the branch. Cut your peach tree at the same angle of growth, about one-fourth an inch from the lateral bud. Do not cut the branch at an angle that's too steep or too close to the base's collar. Otherwise this will make an opening for infection. For branches of more than one inch in diameter, use three cuts to help in trimming. Make the initial cut halfway up a branch from the underside. And then make a cut starting from the top down, one inch further. The branch's weight helps the branch to break a lot easier. The make a cut near the branch's collar. Your peach tree should have an open center, the its branches circling like a ring or doughnut when viewed from the top.

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