Winter fruit tree pruning

I usually wait to do my fruit tree pruning very late in winter, but the last couple of weeks we have experience warmer weather than usual and as a result, the trees are starting to come to life again, with the buds already opening up.  One of the issues with this is that I didn’t get a chance to spray for curly leaf (which impacted my stone fruit last year), so I expect that the trees will be infected again this year.  It is now too late to spray as the buds have already been exposed to the disease.  The other issue is that there is likely to be more wet weather for the last month of winter and early spring, which means that the fungus will thrive on the new growth.  I sprayed the trees earlier this winter just after the leaves had fallen, so I hope that this will minimise the impact.

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