We start pruning the apples in Jan. since they're the cold-hardiest fruit trees. When we finish the apples in late Jan. or early Feb. we'll prune the pears, then prune the peaches in March.
First Bill goes through with a chain saw, making any large cuts needed. We had to remove some limbs that crossed over other limbs this year, some that were too low on the trees, and some that were too high. Bill also had to cut off a few limbs with black rot cankers or fire blight cankers.
|Bill's cutting overly dense, crossing large limbs with a chain saw. He just cut off the limb in front of him.|
|I'm using long-handled loppers to remove upright vegetative branches here. The left of this tree has already been pruned, while the tree in back has not been pruned yet and still has many upright branches.|