Trimming/shaping pears

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by bobcat48, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,176

    Hey anyone I was wondering if you can trim and shape these types of trees Bradford,Cleveland select,callary etc..in 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.
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    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... :)
     
  3. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    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".
     
  4. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    A Basil cut is the best on Bradford or Cleveland
    However if you must keep it prune the right way.

    proper cut.PNG
     
  5. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,446

    lol:laugh:
     

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