Fruit Tree Pruning. John Strang U.K. Dept. of Horticulture. Reasons for Pruning. Reduce tree size Control tree shape Make trees structurally strong. Reasons for Pruning. Improve light penetration Flower bud initiation Fruit color Pest control. Reasons for Pruning.
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Fruit Tree Pruning
U.K. Dept. of Horticulture
Partially reduce crop load
Facilitate cultural operations
Opens tree up for sunlight and spray penetration
Reduces shoot and limb vigor
Remove dead wood
Reduce tree height
Cut out 3-4 large branches
Cut back to outward growing branches