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There are many reasons for California avocado growers to consider pruning their avocado trees. Reduced costs, increased profitability, and improvements in pest control are some of the benefits.

Deciding when to prune avocado trees depends on what result is desired. Pruning in spring is used to invigorate the trees and encourage new growth, while pruning in winter is used to devigorate the trees, control tree size and shape. What are the general timing principles for pruning?

Why is it important to understand the avocado tree growth cycles when pruning an avocado tree?

When pruning avocado trees, remember this: always prune with a purpose and avoid under- or over-pruning the avocado trees. Also remember that what works for one tree may not work for another tree — pruning should be done on a case-by-case basis as no two avocado trees are the same.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to pruning California avocado trees. In general, prune with a purpose and do so with a full understanding of the avocado tree growth cycle and how trees respond to branch removal.

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