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●● EARLY autumn is a good time to prune fruit trees to prevent disease, which can become worse over the winter. With apple and pear trees, cut out any branches which are dead, diseased, or crossing over. However, do not prune trees which bear stoned fruit such as plums, cherries or apricots, as this can cause disease rather than preventing it. To prune fruit trees, shorten the central shoots by a quarter and cut the sideshoots back to three buds to boost the chance of them changing into fruiting spurs.