With clear days expected in our forecast, it’s time to invest a little effort now for fall and summer fruit success. Here are some steps you can take right now to ensure your dreams of bowls of fresh cherries, hot apple pie, and similar fruit fantasies come true.
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.
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
Saturday, January 26th @ 10am
Presenter: Chris Shonnard
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 3rd @ 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.