When removing large branches from apple or pear trees, cut from the underside first. Cut until you get a third of the way up, then prune from the top. This helps prevent branches from splitting and breaking off, causing damage. Apple and pear trees are best pruned in late winter before new growth starts. Prune strong branches back by a quarter to a third and trim young side shoots, leaving 3-6 buds. Pruning to just above an outward facing bud ensures branches grow outwards rather than into the centre of the tree. Remove spindly and downward facing branches.
Spray fruit trees
The best way to prevent spring and summer diseases is to apply a protective fungicide spray (like copper or lime sulphur) during winter, when trees aren’t actively growing. This is your last change to spray for diseases while your trees are still dormant. Be sure to spray your deciduous fruit trees before the buds start to swell.
Plant fruit trees
Take advantage of the best-priced fruit trees of the year by buying up bare-rooted fruit trees now. These come straight from the fields of the growers to garden centres, so get in quick before the trees have to be bagged… and price jumps up by about $10 – or more! Soak in a bucket of water for a few hours before planting.
The moon is full and the effects of that on sprouting seeds and young plants is strong. Growth will be weak and spindly. Rest from your labours and stay inside where it’s warm. Gardening by the moon Apply warmed liquid foliar feed to anything actively...