Why Do Fruit Trees Drop Fruit Before It Is Ripe

Question From: A. Brown - Hayesville, North Carolina, United States
Q: Why do fruit trees, peaches and apples, drop their fruit early, much before they are ripe?

A: When fruit trees are overburdened with excessive fruit they go through a natural thinning process and drop some of the fruit early in the season. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy