The basic framework of what we do!
late February & early March:
Description: At this time, fruit trees are still dormant but the danger of extremely cold temperatures has passed.
Activity: We prune all fruit trees/shrubs except peaches.
late March & early April:
Description: The buds on peach trees have started to open.
Activity: We prune peach trees & use limb spreaders (for all trees). Tree guards should definitely be removed by this point.
Description: Fruits have begun to form on fruit trees.
Activity: As soon as possible, we thin the fruit set, especially on peach trees & asian pears.
late July & early August:
Description: After summer solstice, pruning will not activate growth.
Activity: We engage in summer pruning to rid the trees of unwanted growth created by winter pruning, including competing leaders and watersprouts. Limb spreaders can be removed.
late November & early December:
Description: Trees are fully dormant, and snow has begun to cover the ground.
Activity: We place tree guards around the trunks of all young trees.