There are plenty of reasons to have any tree on your property regularly trimmed—they range from improving curb appeal to reducing the risk of property damage. However, when it comes to regular trimming, trimming offers a few advantages specific to fruit trees. Here are just three ways it can help.
1. Lets Air and Light Penetrate
Most people like to picture their fruit trees heavy with fruit and thick with leaves, but that can actually be a problem. What every part of your tree needs to produce good fruit is plenty of air and light. If the tree has too many branches or they overlap too much, air and light cannot penetrate well enough to yield the best crop. Lower and inner branches are often particularly at risk of lacking the light and air they need.
Proper tree trimming will remove badly placed limbs and ensure branches are evenly spaced. This means you'll get much healthier buds and leaves, which leads to higher fruit quality as everything can ripen and colour fully in the sun.
2. Prevents Pest Infections and Diseases
Pest infections and diseases are always going to be a potential problem with fruit trees. Humans aren't the only beings who can eat from that tree, and fruit can encourage fungus and bacteria just as easily. Those problems can seriously reduce the amount of fruit you get from the tree or even endanger the life of the tree itself. Removal of affected areas can prevent damage spreading, but you're much better trimming strategically to reduce the risk in the risk place. Damaged or badly placed branches can be removed. Crossed branches that rub against each other and create entry points for infection can be addressed, and areas likely to attract and make homes pests can be dealt with.
3. Improves the Quality of Your Crop
If you want a lot of fruit, you might think you need as many branches as possible. However, having too many buds and branches means all that fruit needs to compete for the tree's energy. If the tree is too loaded, you'll often end up with fruit with a low sugar content that isn't grown to the best size because there wasn't enough energy for that fruit to reach its full potential. A good trimmer will work to benefit the branches likely to produce the highest quality fruit.
To learn more about tree trimming, contact a tree service company today.Share