Q: I have a peach tree and a pear tree that have limbs touching the ground. When can I prune them?
A: The best time to prune fruit trees is January or February. Though the job will be chilly, you can better see the limb structure of the trees and can prune accordingly. For best recovery, make your cuts back to the trunk or to an existing limb. Don’t leave stubs; most of these will not remain alive.