Should pear trees be pruned in freezing weather?

Asked December 11, 2013, 1:23 PM EST

A local group in Baltimore is planning to prune in a pear tree orchard in the next several days. The weather has been below freezing for some time and the tree branches may also be frozen to some degree. It is my understanding that you should not prune frozen wood as some damage may occur. Any help on this?

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response

Pruning the trees now will not cause damage to the wood. The most important principle to remember when pruning is to make the proper type of pruning cuts. For detailed information see our publication on pruning,