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Mike Parker demonstrating pruning

Properly pruning a mature peach tree is an important spring chore for homeowners.

Training and Pruning Fruit Trees
Training and pruning are important to help trees develop proper shape and form. This publication from NC State University describes and illustrates four training systems and the various types of pruning cuts.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Fruit Trees
The NC State Extension Gardener Handbook addresses abiotic disorder, plant pathogens, disease development, disease spread, healing, and more.

North Carolina Production Guide for Smaller Orchard Plantings
North Carolina’s climate and soils are well suited to grow many types of tree fruits. This publication will focus on the three main tree fruits produced for the market in North Carolina: peaches, apples, and pecans. In addition to these main crops, information is also included for pears, persimmons, plums, nectarines, Asian pears, and figs because they grow well in North Carolina’s temperate climate. These tree fruits require similar management regimes described in this publication.

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Michael Parker, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Michael ParkerExtension Horticulture Specialist and Associate Professor (Tree Fruits / Pecans) Call Dr. Michael Email Dr. Michael Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
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