Peach Tree – Pruning

Q: Is it too late to prune my peach tree? It has started to bud.

A: Early- to mid-March is a fine time to prune peach trees. Your goal should be to have a three- to four-foot tall central trunk with limbs that flare out to form an open center for the tree. This results in the correct ratio of leaves to developing fruit. Don’t forget that March is the time to begin spraying peaches with fungicide to prevent brown rot. You can start using an insecticide/fungicide combination after the bee-attracting blooms have fallen. Details at xrl.us/brownrot.

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