Two basic pruning cuts are heading and thinning.
May 21, DescriptionStep by step instruction on how to prune a mature pear tree reducing it to a manageable size. Remove limbs that cross (rub against each other) ie Remove one of the limbs, so that two limbs aren't rubbing against each other. Nowadays it is not considered necessary to treat the cuts with any kind of sealant.
This is especially true if the cuts are made correctly, the tree should be able to. Jun 20, Pear tree pruning also begins at planting time.
Cut back young, unbranched trees 33 to 36 inches ( cm.) above the ground to encourage good branching. If your new tree has plenty of branches, remove those that are less than 18 inches ( cm.) from the ground and those with crotches of less than 60 degrees.
Jul 22, Remove any upright limbs (suckers at base or water sprouts on branches).
Author s Bob Polomski, PhD, Associate Extension Specialist, Clemson University This information is supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement of brand names or registered trademarks by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is implied, nor is any discrimination intended by the exclusion of products or manufacturers not named.
Remove any broken or diseased limbs. Always maintain the central leader as the highest point on the tree. The ends of the primary and secondary scaffolds should be kept below the top of the tree. 10 o’clock pruning angle. Narrow, V-shape crotches are an open invitation to disastrous splitting later on, particularly when your tree is ripening with a large bumper crop.
For your branches: choose wide 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock angles. Pruning to a bud. Pruning bearing trees is critical to maintain healthy fruiting wood. Remove weak, “shaded-out” wood, diseased or dead wood, watersprouts and root suckers.
Branches with wider angles can break easily when they bear fruit.
Control tree height by cutting back the top portion of the tree to weak lateral branches. For flower buds to develop well, all branches of the tree should be exposed to adequate sunlight.