Should I Be Pruning Fruit Trees in Summer?

Should I Be Pruning Fruit Trees in Summer?

Sun-kissed lemons, glistening cherries and juicy pears hanging from your tree – just waiting to be picked.

Nothing is sweeter (or more satisfying) than harvesting homegrown fruit from your backyard. Each time you pluck a fruit from your tree, you inevitably wish there was more of it!

That’s where pruning comes in. When you regularly prune fruit trees, you ensure sunlight reaches all parts of the tree. As a result, you get more, higher-quality fruit.

Now, the million-dollar question: when to trim your fruit trees? Is summer pruning good for fruit trees? Read on to find out. You’ll be tasting the delicious rewards of your efforts soon!

Can I prune fruit trees in summer?

The short answer is yes - you can prune fruit trees in summer. In fact, you can trim many fruit trees, including apple and peach trees, any time of the year without doing damage.

Wondering the best time of year to prune fruit trees? It’s when your trees are dormant, usually December through early February.

To pinpoint the right time to prune in your area, wait until the coldest part of winter is over but before your trees start to flower.

Is summer pruning of my fruit trees ever best? If so, what can I trim?

You can prune your fruit tree in summer if your tree is…

  • Producing too much fruit
  • Getting too large
  • Posing a risk due to unsafe limbs
  • Being hindered by older, non-producing branches

If this is the case, go ahead and trim your fruit trees back a bit. When pruning fruit trees in summer, focus on minor cuts. Save the extensive pruning for when the tree is dormant.

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  • The Tree Doctor March 19, 2018 >Hi Mike. Unfortunately, Davey Tree does not service your neck of the woods! In the meantime, you may find this article helpful, Here if you have any other questions, Mike.
  • Mike Rhein March 16, 2018 >I have 3 small Apple Trees that are getting too big and have never been pruned fro production. I would like to talk to someone about finding help or guidance about the correct way to prune these trees. Red Delicious, Yellow delicious and honey crisp. I also have a crab apple nearby.
  • The Tree Doctor July 24, 2017 >Hi Benita! Great question! A soil test can help determine the most appropriate way to improve your soil. Generally, though, adding composted manure can help improve the quality of your soil as well. You can purchase bags at most home improvement stores. Hope this helps, Benita. Here if you have any other questions.
  • Benita Saunders July 22, 2017 >Hi, it's me again ... the soil in my property (really gunky, black, hard/sticky) nor very conducive to grow anything edible or otherwise !!! Is there something - not too expensive - that I can do to treat it or at least portions of it so that I can plant fruit trees ???
  • The Tree Doctor July 17, 2017 >Hi Nancy! So sorry to hear about your fruit trees. To get the most accurate diagnosis, we would recommend having one of our arborists come out for an inspection. I have passed along your request to your local office, so they should be reaching out soon to set up an appointment. Or if you’d prefer, you can contact them at 513.370.2334 or Here if you have any other questions, Nancy.
  • Nancy Ziegler July 16, 2017 >We have nectarine, apple, mulberry and pear trees in our yard, which is near 3 acres of trees. The one mulberry and nectarine tree is dropping leaves, leaf curl, and the nectarines have rotted. One place we went said it was due to a fungus caused by the Juniper variety of trees such as Red Cedar. What is your suggestion? I want to cut the nectarine tree way back and treat the surrounding ground, plus remove the several new Red Cedars that have sprung up over the past four years.
  • The Tree Doctor February 2, 2017 >Hi there, Angie! First off, congrats on the move! Those fruit trees will be a delight for years to come. We'll be happy to help provide a quote for trimming your 6 fruit trees. I've passed your request along to your local office, so you should be hearing from us soon! If you'd rather, you can contact your local arborist directly by calling 866.403.9623 or filling out this form here: Talk more soon, Angie.
  • Angie Stjernholm February 2, 2017 >We have approximately 6 fruit trees that need trimmed up, consisting mostly of pear and apple. We moved to the property last year and need help getting the trees back in shape. Could you please send me a quote? Thank you.
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