Pruning Pleached Pear Trees
Hi, In the spring of 2015, we had 7 mature Pleached Pear trees added as a border to the rear of out garden. Now that winter is here I am preparing to prune back some of the vertical runners to encourage horizontal growth. I have tried to read up on this subject using the internet - but the pickings are slim.
I would appreciate any advice as currently all I have is:
Cut back any unwanted growth i.e. non horizontal, crossing branches or damaged.
Try to identify and encourage 3-4 lateral growths from the main stem.
Leave the main centre stem to grow?
I am also entertaining buying a tripod/ fruit picking ladder to reach the trees - any advice would be appreciated again.