Learn to prune for more fruit, healthier trees

Feb 05, 2014
Courtesy of: WSU Snohomish County Extension Participants in WSU’s tree pruning program gain hands-on experience in the basics of pruning fruit trees during the dormant season.

Most fruit trees are susceptible to insect and disease problems, which affect fruit quality and tree health.

The best time to manage many of these problems is during the dormant season. Knowing how and when to prune is essential for success.

WSU Snohomish County Extension will present tree fruit expert Gary Moulton in a two-part lecture and hands-on workshop on dormant pruning from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. S.E., Everett, inside McCollum Park.

Topics covered will include the basics of pruning with an emphasis on the techniques and goals of dormant pruning.

During the lecture, participants will learn what issues can be addressed or exacerbated, the physiology of a tree’s response to pruning, along with what to look for when deciding to prune, or not to prune.

The second part of the lecture will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Ed’s Apples, 13420 339th Ave. S.E., Sultan, WA.

During the workshop, small groups will work to prune several trees in the orchard.

In 1990, Moulton starred in the video, “Easy Steps to Fruit Tree Pruning”, demonstrating to Western Washington orchardists and backyard gardeners how to safely and effectively prune for maximum tree health and fruit production.

He has authored several WSU Extension publications, taught at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, and been a guest expert on the popular program "Gardening with Ed Hume.”

Cost for the lecture is $35 per person and $60 for both the lecture and workshop.

Those attending the hands-on session must also attend the lecture.

Enrollment is limited, and registration and prepayment are required.

To register online, visit www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/438394, or download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/documents/Pomology2014.pdf and mail in with a check.

For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at christensen4@wsu.edu or 425-357-6039.

For more information on the workshop, contact Andrew Corbin at corbina@wsu.edu or 425-357-6012.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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