Trimming in the winter means less blossom however it does ensure a much better harvest and quality of fruit.
New Fruit Trees
Dig a hole and make a mound in the hole then check the roots for any damage. Then backfill with compost to ensure good spring growth. Then you will need to cut back this new tree to encourage the side growth away from the centre. So choose 3 good branches to form the basis.
Use a stake to hold your new fruit tree and tie with string or an old piece of cloth. But do remember to remove the nursery tag, so you don’t ring bark.
Here are some tips for a pruning kit: Secateurs, Loppers, Pruning Saw Safety Glasses, Disinfectant Spray, sharpener.
Prune in the winter when the sap has slowed down and time to get ready for spring.
Make sure the secateur blade cutting edge is on the side of the tree that will be left. Be careful not to bruise the living tissue. To avoid infection cut as close to the collar at the bottom of the branch.
Don’t prune stone-fruit especially apricots in winter. Prune after harvesting during the late summer or early winter.
Quince pears and apples do enjoy a winter trim. Start with suckers at the base, then on up the tree cutting dead and diseased limbs.
Then clear up the central section. And lastly reduce the height for future harvesting of fruit.