I pruned my plum tree, nectarine tree and pear trees yesterday, on April 9. My plum tree looked horrendous. It had (and still has) "wounds" all over and looks pathetic. I'm wondering if I should rip it out? I tried to prune off as much of the wounded wood as I could, but the trunk also has gaping wounds. The base of the trunk is also a mess with chewed bark. I feel so bad for this tree! I wonder if I should call a tree specialist or just consult a good book. Maybe I should send pictures into the email hotline!? Now there's a thought!
Pruning got a little tricky where "central leaders" were concerned. All of the trees have obvious central leaders except for my nectarine tree. There just isn't one central leader. As a result, it looks like a tuning fork! I think this is because it wasn't pruned properly in the past.