when to prune

The best time to do most pruning is in the early spring when the trees are still dormant.  Normally this time runs from February to late April. Do not prune fruit trees during the fall. Pruning invigorates the wood around the pruning cut which can delay or prevent the tissue from acclimating for winter conditions.  Trees that have been pruned in the fall may not harden off properly and will be less able to withstand cold than trees that have not been pruned. Summer pruning apples in late July to early August to increase light- reaching fruit is acceptable.