It’s time to prune your fruit trees

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on March 15, 2018.

Maine may still be in winter, but — if you can believe it — the best time to prune apple and pear trees is now, before spring officially arrives.

“This is the time of year when the temperature starts to warm up and there is less chance of interfering with natural hardiness when you prune,” said Renae Moran, Cooperative Extension fruit tree specialist at the University of Maine and associate professor of pomology (the science of growing fruit) for the UMaine School of Food and Agriculture.

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