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Growing Green: It's fruit tree pruning time

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Now is the time to start pruning your fruit trees. Pruning your trees while they are in dormancy reduces the possibility of fire blight in crabapples, apples and pears, as well as minimizing canker diseases in cherries and plums.

A good pair of pruning shears is probably one of your most important tools. Cuts up to three-fourth inches in diameter may be made with them. (Anvil pruning shears work well for removing dead wood, bypass pruners work well with living wood.)

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