Fruit Tree Pruning and Spraying – Now is the Time!

Mid- to late winter is the ideal time to prune and spray your fruit trees – and taking care of these chores now does more to promote tree health and productivity than any kind or amount of work during the active (and busy) growing season. Here are some steps you can take right now to ensure your dreams of bowls filled with fresh cherries, hot apple pie, and similar fruit fantasies come true.

Pruning gives you a hands on view of the tree’s status; you can solve problems from dead, diseased, or poorly placed branches and get a feel for other pest and disease issues that might crop up.

Dormant season spraying can prevent or reduce the severity of a host of fungal and  bacterial diseases that can infest trees and fruit, and control populations of some insect pests as well.  Spraying at other times during the growing season my still be needed, but the preventative sprays, done right after pruning, can go a long way to making your summer and fall successful and fulfilling.

Both spraying and pruning are large topics.  For more information, ask for our Fruit Tree Pruning and Fruit Tree Spraying handouts and consider attending our upcoming classes.

Fruit Tree Pruning
Sunday, January 19th @ 10:30am
Presenter: Darren Morgan
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Fruit Tree Pruning
Saturday, January 25th @ 10am
Presenter: Chris Shonnard
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We’ll cover a number of horticultural techniques that control growth, remove dead or diseased wood, and stimulate the formation of flowers. We encourage you to dress warm as there may be an outside demonstration.


Fruit Tree Spraying
Sunday, February 2nd @ 11am
Presenter: Darren Morgan

Learn the proper techniques, timing, and products for fruit tree spraying. Proper care in the dormant season can alleviate disease and insect problems during the growing season.

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