February 11, 2013

Pruning the Apple and Pear Trees at the Farm

If you grow apple or pear trees, you most likely understand the importance of annual training and pruning.  Without training and pruning, these fruit trees will not develop a proper shape and form.  And, when trained and pruned correctly, the trees have a much better chance of producing a higher yield of fruit and also live longer lives.  Once an apple or pear tree is planted, this training and pruning will help to develop a strong tree framework to support the fruit it bears.  When pruning does not take place, these fruit trees grow tall, upright branches that can break when the fruit forms.  Pruning also opens up the tree canopy, allowing more sunlight to reach the fruit.  If you follow this blog regularly, you probably know that I have many apple trees and a small grove of pear trees.  The time to train and prune is now, in late winter, when the trees are still dormant.  SavATree, my arborists, do a fine job each year.  Danny Broglino, a tree care foreman and specialist, has been caring for these trees ever since I bought the property.  He recently Googled “Martha Stewart’s apple trees” and was amazed by how many images of my trees there are on the Internet.  But hey - it’s no secret that I love trees and that I photograph them regularly.