Fri March 14, 2014
Time to Get Serious About Fruit Tree Pruning
One of the early season lawn and garden tasks is to prune fruit trees. Iowa State University Extension Field Specialist Patrick O'Malley is a guest on the show, here's some of the advice he imparts during the program:
1. Did you have a big crop last year? Then it might be lighter this year. That means you should consider less pruning this year.
2. You want different tiers of branches and the lowest should not be too close to the ground.
3. If you move to a new place with an overgrown fruit tree, here is a process that might help: take one third of the big heavy growth every year for three years.
Talk of Iowa