Friut tree trimming, when & how much

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by PJDiesel, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. PJDiesel

    PJDiesel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    Hello all,

    I have three pear trees and two peaches.
    Being the master gardener that I am I didn't even know the peach trees where peach trees until I noticed about 300,000 Jap Beetles devouring the fruits.

    Anyway, all of these trees are badly overgrown, the pears in particular.

    When is a good time to hack them up, and how much?
    I would have needed a 25' extension ladder to pick them this year, 80% of the fruit hit the ground and rotted.

    The peach, can I cut it back pretty hard too? They are all waaaaaaay to high, I just don't want to cut them at the wrong time or too much.........

  2. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,873

    Prune fruit trees when they are dormant Jan/Feb. You have a better look at branch structure and can decide what you want to prune back easier.

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