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Pruning orchards before spring

Winter pruning apples

NORTHEAST: It is hard to believe that the last of the bins have gone into storage, the air blast sprayer is in the shed for its long winter sleep and the snow is up to my waist in the orchard block near my house. With that said, it’s now time to think about winter pruning. I normally suggest you start pruning with the oldest blocks of apples or latest blooming trees, then try to finish up with the youngest stone fruit or earliest blooming trees.

The groundhog saw his shadow which means there are still a few more weeks left of winter. Enjoy it before it’s time to think about the first scab infection of the spring!

Winter pruning apples

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Reporting from Jamesville, NY

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