Pruning a few trees in Summer also means that the work load is spread over multiple months and seasons a real bonus in a busy garden schedule.
Many years ago we watched an episode of Gardening Australia which featured a gardener in southern Tasmania. He had pruned all his fruit trees so that the limbs were all about shoulder and head height. This allowed him to harvest the fruit without the use of steps or ladders and as he was in his eighties and living alone it seemed like a worthwhile practice.
We also try to get the pruning completed in most years with limbs within arms reach. For us attaching Fruit Fly exclusion bags is much faster if both feet are on the ground. Removing them when the fruit is ripe is also much quicker and simpler if you are not climbing up and down a ladder.
Removal is not all that difficult. By keeping the knot simple the bags come of with ease. A wheel barrow with a container for the fruit and one for the bags. Making sure the bags have been shaken out to get rid of leaves and spiders they are allowed some time to dry if damp and then stored in a vermin proof container until next year.
And the Ferds have discovered their Christmas present. It took a while to work out how to get in. But once in they are like little kids cavorting in the pool.