Pruning the Home Orchard
Home Gardening Advice from the Help Desk of the
UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
Client's Request (from previous phone conversation): I've just moved into my new house. There's a small “fruit tree orchard” in the back garden. I'm not acquainted with growing fruit trees, but my neighbor tells me that the previous owner pruned them this time of year. Can you give me some advice on what and where to prune the trees.
MGCC Help Desk Response: Thank you for contacting the UC Master Gardener Program's Help Desk.
You may be interested in a free Master Gardener library talk about growing apples and pears on Feb. 28 at the Lafayette Library from 6-8 pm. I am sure pruning will come up during that talk. To RSVP or to ask about upcoming talks contact email@example.com.
Since you are beginning on your newly acquired "home orchard" and you have several different types of fruit trees, below are a number of links from UC that you might consult for both general and specific information on tree pruning.
General and Specific Information for the Home Orchard, including pest control and pruning, please see: http://homeorchard.ucanr.edu/. This one reference will probably cover most of your concerns.
Vine (e.g. grape) Pruning: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/GARDEN/FRUIT/ENVIRON/trainprune.html
Good luck on your home orchard.
Thank you for contacting us. Let us know if we can be of further service.
Help Desk of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
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