Winter Pruning Workshop Series: Apples and Pears
Fri, Mar 8 at 12pm
- This workshop will be held rain or shine so come prepared for winter weather.
- Feel free to bring hand pruners and gloves if you would like, we will also have some to use for the day
Increase the beauty and productivity of your apple and pear trees with this hands-on pruning class led by the experienced orchardist Jessie Spain of Tree and Ladder Orchard Care. Timely pruning can improve the shape, strength, and fruit set of your trees, while simultaneously helping to reduce pest and disease pressure. Beginning with a brief introduction to general pruning theory, the class then transitions to working directly with fruit trees, allowing participants the opportunity to practice specific techniques for winter pruning. Our goal is to help you learn how to make the best cuts on your fruit trees with confidence and skill. We will also cover how to apply dormant oil spray to your trees to decrease insect pressure next summer. We will discuss winter espalier pruning as well. This workshop will be held at Belle's Orchard is a lovely space on a large lot connected to a home. - look for the Portland Fruit Tree Project A frame! This orchard has been in their family for generations and is a great place to learn with many ages and sizes of trees.