PRUNING

Regular pruning is the key to healthy and abundant fruit trees.

Trees that are never pruned can grow into an unmanageable shape and size, making it difficult to harvest their fruit or even causing branches to snap off. They are more susceptible to fungal diseases, such as canker, due to the reduced light and air circulation around the branches. Neglected fruit trees also become less productive over time as branches become weak and crowded.

We provide a professional and affordable pruning service that prevents and resolves these issues.

If you have any trees that need pruning, email us with a photo and your location and we will get back to you with a quote. We are based in Bramley and can reach most areas of Leeds by bike.

PRUNING FAQ

Q. When is the right time to prune fruit trees?

A. In general, apple and pear trees should be pruned in winter (between December and early March) while they are dormant. Stone fruit trees (cherries, plums, peaches and apricots) are best pruned in the summer.

Q. I have an old tree that hasn’t fruited well in recent years. Can pruning help to restore it?

A. Older fruit trees can become less productive as they age and their branches become weak and crowded. Cutting out some larger branches in winter can encourage new growth in the spring and summer months and increase the tree’s fruit production for many more years to come. If your tree is very old and approaching the end of its life span, you may also want to consider planting new fruit trees to increase your fruit production.

Q. Can you teach me to prune my own tree?

A. Yes! For an additional £20, we will train you while we prune your tree and leave you with a copy of Chloe Ward’s 30-page pruning guide. This will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to keep your tree in tip top shape after we’ve left.

Q. Do you take away the tree cuttings?

A. We travel by bike, so we are unable to completely remove the cuttings from your tree. Instead, we can chop them up and fit them in your brown bin or arrange them in a neat pile in your garden.