Neglecting to prune your fruit trees won’t stop production of fruit. However, we recommend you prune annually to improve the quality of fruit and to establish a strong framework of branches to support heavy fruit loads.
Pruning fruit trees can result in larger fruit that is easier to harvest. The tree will be much tidier and takes up less space in the garden.
We’ve put together a quick guide for when you should be pruning your trees. But, if all of this seems a bit confusing or too difficult, give us a call, we’ll arrange to come and do your fruit tree pruning for you at the right times that it should be done. We can even turn the pruning session into your own private pruning masterclass (at no extra cost) if you’d like us to show you how it is done!
Winter pruning of fruit trees usually results in vigorous growth. The harder the fruit tree is pruned in winter the more vigorous the growth will be in spring. Winter pruning is used to train a tree to a particular shape or to encourage substantial growth. Winter pruning is recommended for newly planted trees up until the tree has achieved the desired height and shape. Winter pruning time for other fruit trees is from autumn, when the tree is beginning to lose its leaves, through to spring,as the flowers are beginning to open. We recommend winter pruning is carried out in June and July.
In general, summer fruit tree pruning retards growth. The already established framework is maintained. The new growth that follows is tamed and is much less vigorous than growth following winter pruning. This allows more energy to be put into fruit. Once a system of summer pruning is established, very little winter pruning of the framework is required. We prefer to do most of our fruit tree pruning in summer. Summer fruit tree pruning is best performed immediately after all the fruit has been harvested.
Citrus Gall Wasp
The presence of large swellings or bulges on the branches of citrus trees is quite common in Melbourne. These swellings indicate that Citrus Gall Wasp has infected the tree.
This tiny native Australian wasp lives for 3 to 4 days and lays its eggs in the branches of the citrus tree. It is the tree’s ‘reaction’ to this egg-laying which produces the next year’s Gall Wasp.
The best and most effective control of Citrus Gall Wasp is cutting off the swollen branches. The wasp emerges from the gall from August to November, so you need to prune out as much of the gall prior to August to destroy the Gall Wasp cycle. If you need help with with removing galls from your citrus tree, we can assist you .
Fruit Tree Espaliers
Don’t think that you have enough room to grow a fruit tree? Why not try an espalier or two?
“Espalier” refers to special practices for training fruiting trees onto trellises. Espaliers save space and are beautiful works of art. There are many styles and designs of espalier that can be grown against a wall, a building or on an existing fence or wires. Espalier can also be used as a screen in the garden, to create rooms or to hide unsightly areas.
Espaliers can use space along the drive that would be too small for a full tree. They provide interest in all seasons: stunning form in winter, flowers in spring, fruit in summer and autumn’s foliage. Most importantly, they provide healthy, home-grown fruit for your family.
Winter is a great time for planting, setting-up, pruning and maintaining espaliers. Established, potted, espalier trees are very expensive to buy. What’s more, they are often grown on the wrong rootstocks. This means that they’ll be a lot of work to maintain their established espalier shape. We can help you select and plant bare-rooted fruit trees on the correct rootstock and espalier them into stunning art forms. We can also help with re-working and restoring existing espaliers that have been neglected. Re-working and restoration of espaliers can be carried out during most of the year.
Fruit Tree Pruning Prices – Winter 2016
Please note we have a $200 minimum call out fee for fruit tree pruning outside of our local area (City of Boroondara and the City of Stonnington). Green waste disposal is additional to this minimum call out fee.
|Stone Fruit, Apples, Pears, Nashi, Fig etc||Citrus Gall Wasp Removal|
|Size of Tree (height or width, whichever is larger)||Pruning tree only (green waste to be managed by client)||Pruning Tree + Green Waste Disposal||Pruning Tree Only (Green waste to be managed by client)||Pruning Tree + Citrus Gall Disposal|
|5+ Metres||Site Visit Required For Quotation|
Where a client has several trees that require pruning at the same time, a discount will be applied to the total cost as follows:
2 to 3 trees = 15% Discount off total cost
4 to 5 trees = 20% Discount off total cost
6+ trees = call us for a quote
All prices include GST.