Fruit trees are a great addition to a home. They provide good leaf cover during the summer months that can help cut down on the effects of strong winds. They can also provide some shade for your home. Research has found that homes that have good tree cover on the sunny side of their homes can actually reduce their air conditioning costs. In addition to all of that, fruit trees obviously provide free fruit for a home. However, to get the best yield from your fruit trees, they need to be taken care of. They need to be a manageable size and healthy. Tree trimming can help that. Here’s how.
Trim in the Dormant Season
Fruit trees, as with any kind of deciduous trees, will go dormant every year. They go dormant when certain weather conditions are met. During those time periods, they will not set out new fruit and they won’t set out new leaves either. This is the perfect time to have your trees trimmed. Since they are not putting out fruit or leaves, they can focus all of their energy on healing the wounds caused by tree trimming. Furthermore, that energy won’t be diverted from the process of setting fruit.
The dormant season for each kind of tree is different. Citrus trees, for example, will flower during the warm months and set fruit. The fruit will grow into the winter and be ready for picking. AFter that, citrus trees go dormant. Once the fruit is ripe, the tree is ripe for trimming. Apple trees are dormant during the winter but they need those chill hours to set fruit. They can be trimmed in the coldest months to be ready for fruiting.
If you have fruit trees at your property, you should talk with professional tree trimmers about cutting them. Make sure you talk with ones who have experience cutting fruit trees.
Trimming Fruit Trees
Trimming fruit trees is somewhat different than just trimming a decorative tree. Many types of fruit trees set fruit only on new buds. So, you want tree trimmers to cut old branches and old buds but leave the new buds. They need to be aware of that before you hire them. Make sure you ask several questions about their experience with trimming fruit trees. It’s a good idea to even have them come out to your property for an evaluation of your trees. That will give you a better idea of what they plan to do and their areas of expertise.