UNHCE Workshop in Sunapee: Pruning fruit trees

Worried about cross branching, competing leaders and thin spurs? Now is the time to get to it. The best time to prune apple trees is in the late winter and very early spring before any new growth starts.

And here’s where you can learn the how-to.

An orchard on Stage Coach Road in Sunapee will be the site of a fruit tree pruning workshop sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service on Saturday, March 10 from 10 am to 12 noon.

Bill Lord and Seth Wilner from UNHCE will lead the outing at an orchard owned by Aaron Simpson. Aaron has planted over 300 fruit trees and most are now four years old.

The workshop will cover how to prune, shape, graft and generally care for fruit trees.

Aaron also has some old wild apple trees. You’ll also be able to learn how to tame and care for these older trees as well.

Pre-registration is requested. Contact Dawn Bozogan at 603-863-9200 or email: dawn.bozogan@unh.edu.

A second fruit tree pruning program will be held at Riverview Farm in Plainfield on March 31. For more info about that workshop, visit the Extension Service calendar.

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