well folks it is almost time to do some pruning once all the leaves fall off the fruit trees. I will be tackling my apple and plum trees will be first to feel the pruners. I enjoy this chore of sculpting a tree so it produces more fruit and has a set shape to it for easy harvest and production. my apple I like to think of it as sculpting a mushroom by taking off all the vertical summer branches that grew like weeds on steroids. Then I remove any branches that are crossing each other like an x or that are too close together like the letter v only narrow,then I am almost done and last but not least I look for any shoots coming from below the crotch of the tree and remove them then I go shorten the remaining branches just a little bit. my plums get the same treatment and by next year they are loaded with blossoms and then fruit.