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    Default Pruning now buds are starting to burst

    Had a look over my fruit trees this afternoon, and could see buds are starting to burst. This is a good time to prune any dead wood out of apple or pear trees as it is obvious if there are any dead branches whose buds are not developing.

    Obviously do not prune plums or cherries now, as the risk of infection is high.
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    I've taken out the dead wood on the jostaberries and blackcurrants today and taken the dead tips off the raspberries. As you say, Nick, you can see what's alive or dead now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I've taken out the dead wood on the jostaberries and blackcurrants today and taken the dead tips off the raspberries. As you say, Nick, you can see what's alive or dead now.
    I missed winter pruning my pear tree. Is it too late to do it now, or should I wait until next winter?

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    No you'll be fine now. In fact better this time of year IMO.

    Obviously usual things apply :- start with any dead or crossing branches, then have a good look from different angles and if in doubt, don't.
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    Thanks Nick, if the rain holds off I'll do it tomorrow.

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    You're very welcome - good luck and happy gardening. :-)

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    Just a quick reminder that now is an OK time to prune apples and pears if you haven't already done it for this Winter - had a look at some of mine today and the buds are on the move.

    I usually go round with my large loppers and pruning saw first, then bumble around again later with the secateurs and pruning knife.

    (Obviously do not prune plums or cherries now, as the risk of infection is high.)
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    Thanks for the reminder Nick
    I've just been wandering around my fruit trees. The plum buds are opening, the pears have some lovely big bud clusters and the apples are just starting to produce leaf buds.
    Looks like it may be a good year for pears as several young trees have their first ever buds.

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