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There are three main reasons you should prune your peach tree: its survival, stimulation, and shaping. In the best interest of your tree, it is preferable to do some pruning versus no pruning. If a peach tree is left unpruned, it may not become fruitful, it will not grow as well, and - in some cases - it may not be encouraged to grow at all.
Leave the three main branches as your scaffolding branches.
Apr 25, Peach tree pruning is used to remove any diseased or broken branches, water sprouts, and suckers, as well as to open up the canopy of the tree to allow for better light and air penetration. Lastly, pruning is used to thin the crop prior to blooming, which reduces the amount of fruit that has to be hand thinned. When to Prune Back Peach Trees. The best time to prune a peach tree is in the early spring before the sap begins running.
During the dormant season, year-old wood can be distinguished by its reddish tinge.
Pruning Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins. Jan 24, Pruning is a very important step in maintaining peach trees. Dr. Mike Parker, Tree Fruit Extension Specialist with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Author: NC State Extension. Oct 03, Although over pruned trees and shrubs don’t usually die if some part of the canopy remains, the damage from over pruning can be extensive. Over pruning reduces the foliage that’s available for making food for the rest of the plant and can allow pests and diseases access to the tree, if cuts are made incorrectly.