Pear trees should be pruned during the winter dormant period, and one-third of the tree should be trimmed away to encourage new growth in the spring and summer. Maintain a pear tree by pruning it every year with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on garden and lawn care.
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about when is the best time to prune a pear tree, and when should you prune a pear tree? Pear trees produce wonderful fruit in the summer. So when I'm pruning any type of fruit tree, the best time to prune it is when it's dormant. So pears go dormant in the fall and the winter. So as soon as the fruit has ripened and you've pulled off the fruit or saved as much as you can, that is the best time to prune it. You can prune in the middle of winter as well. You just don't want to prune into too late in the spring because you don't want to kill off any of the new growth and you want to create new growth for the next year. And you never want to prune back more than one-third of the tree at one time, so if it's a really wild tree, take three years and prune back every fall and every winter one-third of the tree back. So the first year, one-third, the second year, another third, and then the third year, another third, and you'll find you'll have lots of pears the next year. And it's really easy to do. And if you've got dead branches or scraggly branches, you can always prune them out any time of the year, but make sure that you only make your big prune in the fall and the winter.