Winter is the time for pruning deciduous fruit trees, so The Tassie Farm has been busy tending to its apple, pear, apricot, plum and cherry trees. These trees will fruit well whether they are pruned or not but if the trees grow too tall the fruit will be too high and hard to reach.
When pruning, remove and clear the clutter within the tree, so the centre of the tree is open, allowing the sunlight in. Too many competing branches will stop the tree fruiting properly. Prune low and crossing branches, any dead or damaged branches and remove any inward pointing branches. When cutting, choose an outward pointing fruit spur to ensure branches grow out.