Tree Trimming Tips and Tricks

Tree trimming needs attention correlated with good timing for the necessities of each tree. By following the simple rules and tips below, you will at least two benefits: less work and more to harvest.

  • Tree trimming determines the fruit quantity

Fruit trees should be directed through cuts to have a single strong trunk and a proportionate crown with branches of equal thickness, dependent on the main trunk. It is very important that the higher branches don’t cover and suffocate the bottom of the crown in order not to damage the fruit quality. Specialists recommend trimming a conical shaped crown from the first year after planting to the next 3-4 years to make the tree take this form.

  • An airy crown will lead to equal fruits

Apples, cherry, pears and plums can develop thin twigs and branches short straight from the basis. Generally, these twitches form real bunches of flowers and then fruits. They appear if the central part of the crown is too shaded, which will eventually lead to the deterioration of the floral formations. Thus, tree trimming is indicated for the very high branches to allow light and sun to access all areas of the tree.

  • Fruitless branches are true parasites

Unfruitful branches are usually parasites that consume the resources of those who bear fruit. Tree trimming is recommended from the moment they appear because they develop and harden very quickly. Another solution would be grafting them. Most productive branches grow horizontally or at an angle of up to 45 degrees.

  • Tree trimming has to be done in the proper season

Fruit trees can be trimmed in any season but with a clear purpose. During the winter, they are designed to strengthen the tree structure and a boost effect. Cutting in late spring, after the fruits appear, is recommended in order to fix small trees without reducing the amount of fruit produced. Cuts during flowering are useful to easily see which are the branches that produce fruits and which ones are unnecessary. Cuts made in the summer will encourage the development of fruit spurs.

  • Harvesting can undo all the work over the year

In order for the fruit to last longer after harvest, it is recommended to be yielded before being fully ripe. Also for extra freshness and strength, it is recommended to harvest the fruit together with the shank. The resistance of the shank is another sign of ripeness. A further indication is the texture of the shell and its softness and hardness layer.

Contact the professional tree trimming Adelaide service for more information.