By Jessica Walker
Learn how to prune peach trees by following these simple tips.
• Don’t prune before February, and do your best not to prune within several days of cold weather.
• Before pruning, prepare the tree by cutting off any dead or damaged limbs, and remove any suckers growing off the roots.
• When you’re ready, prune the shoots – the new, red branches – and remove any branches growing toward the center of the tree, as well as any small or thin shoots and downward hanging or horizontally growing branches.
• After the tree has bloomed, prune some of the buds; ensure that the peaches grow about six inches apart by pinching off buds by hand.
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