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Old 09-18-2013, 09:40 PM
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Trimming/shaping pears

Hey anyone I was wondering if you can trim and shape these types of trees Bradford,Cleveland select,callary the pear family?
The customer has a ten year old one which he trims and shapes every other year himself I think it is a Cleveland select pear it always looks nicely shaped and grows sorta quick.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:32 AM
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Fruit trees in general are often pruned in late winter... I prune my apples by taking out the center leader so the tree get light all the way through the tree and the apples a growing abundantly on relatively low branches...

Late winter pruning is timed that way to minimize disease problems...
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:56 AM
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pruning for fruit can be a lot different than pruning for landscaping.
Bradford pears are one of the only trees you should 'top' meaning cut all the branch tips off anywhere from a few feet, to 15 feet.
Be careful I cut my leg open on a small Bradford pear going too fast. make use of a hand saw now a chainsaw since most the cuts youll be making are 1" - 2".
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:06 AM
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A Basil cut is the best on Bradford or Cleveland
However if you must keep it prune the right way.
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Coffeecraver View Post
A Basil cut is the best on Bradford or Cleveland
However if you must keep it prune the right way.
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