June and July are critical months to remove those fast growing vertical sprouts that occur after trees are pruned in the fall, winter, or early spring. This is particularly true for fruit trees which have been heavily thinned so light can reach the lower fruiting branches. Sprouts can be quickly and easily snapped off with your fingers when they are soft and flexible. Snapping is preferable to cutting, because it removes tissue which can regrow another water sprout, sometimes in the same growing season. If you wait until fall or winter to remove those sprouts, new ones will grow to replace them next spring. Stop the sprout cycle now. And if you do happen to have more new water sprouts later, snap them off while they are young and soft.

If you also have large woody water sprouts from previous years, summer is a good time to remove them too. However, this is probably a gradual process which may require the skill of a trained arborist. If you would like help pruning trees, give me a call. I can prune them for you or teach you how to prune them yourself. There is no charge for an estimate.