Trim trained trees

trained trees

Its time to trim those trained trees!

Apple and pear trees that have been trained into cordons or espaliers need pruning this month.  A trim will maintain the shape of the tree and prevent new growth from taking up space needed by developing fruit.  Cut back new shoots coming from the main stem to three leaves from their base.  Also cut back shoots arising from existing fruit spurs or sideshoots to one leaf.