Pruning apple trees and other fruit trees

Correctly pruning apple trees and other fruit trees is down to a combination of technique and timing.

Royal Horticultural Society

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, apple and pear trees should be pruned between November and early March, both for regular pruning and when renovating old trees.

Regular pruning

Ideally, pruning apple trees should be done every winter if you want to encourage a mass of flowers and a good crop of fruit in the next season. If your trees are not pruned regularly then over time they will become less productive and more congested with old branches. If left unchecked for many years they can also grow to occupy a bigger space in your garden than you wanted. The aim of pruning is to achieve and maintain an open shape with branches that can be pruned and fruit that can be harvested by you.

Renovating old trees

Apple and pear trees can grow very large, over two stories tall in some cases. Renovating old fruit trees is a big task that ideally should be carried out over a few years.

LG trees tree surgeons have experience pruning apple trees and other fruit trees

LG trees are experienced fruit tree pruners, please contact us now for a free, no obligation quote. Here is a testimonial from one of our fruit tree customers: “Luke and his team did a fabulous job with our very over-crowded garden. The fruit trees were very overgrown and out of control and one was even dying. Luke was extremely good at listening to what we wanted and his approach of ‘sensitive reduction’ worked brilliantly: our garden looks much bigger, the trees are super healthy and our house is much lighter. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone. Great job Luke!” Emma, London.

Apple tree before and after reduction
Apple tree before and after reduction

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Pruning apple trees and other fruit trees

2 thoughts on “Pruning apple trees and other fruit trees

  • November 7, 2021 at 11:27 am

    I have a plum tree and two apple trees which need pruning. They have been neglected for a number of years. I would love to have them pruned and I believe that now is the time to do it. The plum bore excellent fruit last summer as did the cooking apple. The eating apples were disappointing and quite small.
    Please can you let me know if you could come and do the pruning.
    My area is N14 7EY
    Many thanks
    Christopher Keyte.


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