Preferred time of year to trim fruit trees.

Asked June 24, 2019, 10:14 AM EDT

I have two cherry trees (not edible) that are so thick that grass won't grow under them. I would like to trim about 1/3 to 1/2 of the major branches off to allow the sunlight to penetrate. Is it OK to trim them now, or should I wait until another time of year?
Lou Seaverson

Adams County Colorado

1 Response

The very best time to prune cherries is the early spring before the plants leaf out. Minor pruning could be done now but for major pruning like you describe waiting until next spring would be preferable.

You can find more information on pruning fruit trees here: http://cmg.colostate.edu/Gardennotes/771.pdf

I hope this helps, please let me know if you have further questions.