peach tree pruning
There have been lots of questions lately on pruning so I thought I'd contribute what help I could. To that end I intend to post several pictures on this thread. I don't know how helpful this post will be, discard what you will.
My purpose to not to offer any definitive way to prune, only to present the way that seems to work well for me. It's worth noting commercial trees aren't always pruned the same way as a backyard orchard, as the goals may or may not be the same. Wldlife pressure, aesthetics, space, etc may vary wildly from one person/locale to another.
The goals for my peach trees are:
1. A pedestrian orchard to facilitate ease of picking, thinning, harvest.
2. Open center trees with maximum sunlight penetration throughout the canopy.
3. Branches high enough to allow mulching, spraying weeds, or running a sickle mower under the trees.
4. Good spreading tree structure to support heavy crop loads.
Below is the first picture. All it shows is one of the peach trees we planted today. It's a 3/8" tree, typical of what I order. I prefer small peach trees because they are cheaper, easier to plant, and more trainable to the structure I like.
I placed a shovel beside it for a frame of reference. The shovel sticks out of the ground about 4 feet.