Watch more Lawn Care videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/351-Lawn-Care Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn how to prune or trim a fruit tree by following this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Use proper tools Use sharp pruning or lopping shears on young trees and a pruning saw for mature trees. Step 2: Train young trees in summer Train young trees in the summer. Eliminate upright branch angles, which can cause limbs to break under a heavy fruit load. Step 3: Prune while trees are dormant Prune fruit trees while the tree is dormant, before growth activity begins. Tip The wounds left by pruning heal best during dormancy. Step 4: Remove dead wood Remove dead wood and broken branches, and then remove branches that rub against each other. Tip Prune vertical branches, leaving the horizontal ones. Also remove suckers from around the base of the tree. Cut close to a bud or joint, without leaving a stub. Step 5: Remove branches from the center of tree Prune branches from the center of the tree to allow sunlight to reach the lower fruiting branches for almond, apricot, cherry, fig, nectarine peach, persimmon, plum, pomegranate and prune trees. Step 6: Shape apple and pear trees Shape apple and Asian pear trees like a Christmas tree when pruning so that lower branches are wider than upper ones. This lets sunlight reach lower branches from the sides. Did You Know? The fig tree has been cultivated for its fruit since at least 5,000 B.C.E. Evidence of fig cultivation has been found during excavations of Neolithic sites.
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