I will lead a fruit tree pruning demonstration at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at 6611 Lyons Creek Road off of Highway 77 south of Junction City.
Annual pruning is necessary for healthy plant growth and best distribution of fruit loads. The K-State Research and Extension's publication "Pruning Fruit Trees" is a good resource to use. It is good to review how long does valium make you sleepy before pruning each season. This publication will be available at the demonstration site as well as at the Extension office and on our website.
One purpose of pruning is to remove disease or damaged limbs. This is to improve overall plant health. Thinning of branches allows for better light and air movement through the plant. Both are necessary for good plant care and fruit production.
Pruning cuts are made the same as with all woody plants. Larger limbs are removed with three cuts. The first cut is made underneath the branch 6 to 12 inches from the point of attachment. Then cut from the top down slightly further out. This cut will prevent tearing the bark on the remaining branch or trunk. Remove the remaining stub with a cut outside the branch collar. A circular wound would be left which doesn't need any pruning paint applied.
Smaller branches are trained to spread wide and towards sunlight. This is done by directional pruning or physically supporting the branch.