One annual task that is often overlooked by gardeners is the thinning of fruit on fruit trees. But many trees, like apple, pear, plum, or peach, can benefit from the thinning process. It deserves to move closer to the top of your gardening to do list. And June is the best time to thin.
Thinning fruit now reduces the weight on tree branches as fruit matures and lowers the risk of broken branches. It also allows you to identify any damage or infestation that needs attention, before it gets worse.
Start by removing any fruit with signs of stress, damage or bug infestation and any that show signs of stunted growth. After that, look to thin out any large clusters of fruit, taking the smaller ones off so the others can thrive, to the point where one fruit isn't touching another.