Summer Pruning: Cordon Apples And Pears
Pruning is probably the only job on the allotment that we argue over in that we both enjoy doing it and this weekend is the time for our apples and pears. Given that Derek got to do the gooseberry bushes I think the trees are rightly mine.
Prune the shoot leaving three leaves beyond this basal cluster. Secateurs, I use Felco, must be sharp to ensure a clean cut otherwise there is a risk of introducing disease.
Any secondary shoots coming off the lateral can be pruned to one leaf beyond the base.
And that’s it. A nice relaxing job for a Sunday morning.