This is probably not what you want to hear right now, but it is time to go outside and prune your fruit trees.
I realize that slogging through the snow and trying to cut branches in the cold is not ideal, but all of those fantastic apples and pears this summer will be worth it … I promise!
Pruning in the winter not only makes sure your trees stay productive in future years, it also promotes the right kind of spring growth. In the winter, the trees are dormant which means that all of the life (sap) is in the roots. With no leaves or fruit, you can clearly see the shape of the tree and what needs to change.