In Monty’s January blog entry, the gardening expert shared how to correctly prune apple and pear trees during the winter period and what tools to use to carry out the job. He has warned that pruning can do more harm than good if not carried out correctly.
Monty explained the goals for fruit trees.
He said: “The idea is to produce a tree that has plenty of light and air reaching the centre.
“I do this by imagining a pigeon flying straight at the tree and pruning it so it can fly right through it from any angle.
“In principle you are trying to make a goblet-shape or a cupped hand with the fingers making the branches around the empty palm.”
Monty has also shared advice on pruning soft fruit in his January blog.
He wrote: “Cut back autumn fruiting raspberries to the ground, removing all of last year’s canes.
“Cut away all crossing and inward growing growth from red currants and gooseberries to create an open goblet shape.
“Reduce remaining growth by a third to create a strong framework of branches.”