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Time to prune trees during a few days of dry weather

We've been pruning our trees during the four days of dry weather. Pruning during this time helps prevent disease and pests from settling into a moist and unprotected cut while allowing us to see the tree structure without leaves blocking our view. Pruning a tree invigorates new growth in the spring. Remove diseased branches or crossing and rubbing branches first. Next look at the scaffolding and open the tree for sun and air. Additionally fruit trees should be pruned down to six feet so that the fruit is easily accessible for picking. After pruning we spray aerated worm tea on our trees, the microbes help deter diseases and pests from entering and damaging the trees on the cuts before natural scabbing of the injury.