Pruning the Apple Trees at the Farm

Posted by Sharkey

There's been a lot of pruning being done at the farm.  This is the time of year when apple and pear trees really benefit from a proper pruning.  Danny, from SavATree, has been caring for Martha's trees for many years and I was happy to see him the other day.  I was also happy to learn that he gave our farm worker, Chhewang, a lesson in proper pruning techniques.

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Oh, good!  Danny from SavATree is here pruning the mature apple trees.  I remember that late winter is the proper time for pruning these fruit trees because they are still dormant and haven't begun to send forth their spring growth.

1 Oh, good! Danny from SavATree is here pruning the mature apple trees. I remember that late winter is the proper time for pruning these fruit trees because they are still dormant and haven't begun to send forth their spring growth.

I'll just climb this ladder up into the tree and say,

2 I'll just climb this ladder up into the tree and say, "hello."

Hi, Danny!  I see that you're hard at work, once again pruning these old apple trees.  Do you estimate that they're about 50-years old?

3 Hi, Danny! I see that you're hard at work, once again pruning these old apple trees. Do you estimate that they're about 50-years old?

You're pruning all of last year's growth because all it produces are leaves and you want the established growth to have all the tree's energy to produce flowers and fruit.

4 You're pruning all of last year's growth because all it produces are leaves and you want the established growth to have all the tree's energy to produce flowers and fruit.

Danny, I suppose all of these pruned branches will be turned into wood chips.  Thank you for teaching Chhewang how to prune.  I'm going to visit him now.

5 Danny, I suppose all of these pruned branches will be turned into wood chips. Thank you for teaching Chhewang how to prune. I'm going to visit him now.

Hi, Chhewang.  You seem to be doing a fine job pruning the espalier of apple trees, following Danny's tutelage.

6 Hi, Chhewang. You seem to be doing a fine job pruning the espalier of apple trees, following Danny's tutelage.

That's right!  Remove all of that new growth because it only produces flowers.

7 That's right! Remove all of that new growth because it only produces flowers.

You're cutting fairly flush, leaving only small stubs.  Nicely done!

8 You're cutting fairly flush, leaving only small stubs. Nicely done!

Chhewang, I must say that you are a very neat pruner.  There are very few trimmings on the ground.

9 Chhewang, I must say that you are a very neat pruner. There are very few trimmings on the ground.

You know, you could make tidy bundles of these pruned shoots to use on the barbecue next summer.  Apple is very mild in flavor and gives food a sweetness.  It's especially good with poultry and pork.

10 You know, you could make tidy bundles of these pruned shoots to use on the barbecue next summer. Apple is very mild in flavor and gives food a sweetness. It's especially good with poultry and pork.

Carry on, Chhewang.  I'm off in search of squirrels.

11 Carry on, Chhewang. I'm off in search of squirrels.

Comments (14)

  • Hello Sharkey,
    I like your outfit. You looked pretty agile up in that tree. When I saw you climbing that ladder, I got to thinking. I think they should put a ladder at every tree so when you are chasing squirrels and they run up the trees, you can just go right up the ladder after them.
    I think about 200-300 ladders should do it. Hehehehehehe
    First we had half a foot of snow on Saturday. Then that got all cleaned up yesterday. Now this morning we are having freezing rain. It is like a big iceberg out there. No deck time. I will try to cheer Karen up today. Today starts the Westminster dog show. You will remember that I won the breed there two years ago and then my son, GK, won the breed last year. Yeah, father to son. I was beaming when my boy did that. And this year Wu-Tang was entered. She is very young but she is awesome too. However Karen and Wu-Tang are not going to be there because Karen has shingles and not the kind that are on a roof. She has a bad case as she had it for two months now and she still has a lot of pain. As much as she wanted to go to Westminster, it would have been too uncomfortable for her to be there all day. She is very sad and disappointed so today is cheering up day. But we want to wish everyone luck at the show and for those traveling into the city, be careful with this ice.
    Report in peeps
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Summer...summer...did someone say summer! :)

    New Hampshire got about 2 feet of snow over the weekend! I'm so ready for sun and warmer temps.

    I never knew that trees needed so much care. Especially during the Winter months.

    Good work Chhewang!!

    Happy Squirrel chasing! :)
    gail

  • Good Morning F & S

    You sure do have lots of pruning to do at the farm your moma must spend a small fortune on landscaping labor.

    I hope all my friends up North are ok from the big storm. We got lucky only 2 -3 inches of the nasty stuff. Today is rain so I hope it all goes away. How many more days till spring???

    I'm putting out s special prayer request to all my friends. My big sister Precious isn't doing well she is having kidney issues so we need lots of prayers - please. I'm going to be spending lots of "cc" time with her for sure. Maybe I'll make her a get well card from some TP - hmmmm I'll have to climb on the end table and see if dad has a pen I can use.

    Maddox give Karen a big old sloppy kiss from me I hope she is feeling better soon. That roofing problem seems to be an issue lately they've been advertising that a lot on TV.

    I think I'll go back to bed it's raining out maybe I can convince mom to play hookie ;)

    Zoe

  • Hello Sharkey & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Pruning trees, huh? Looks very technical. You girls need a giant escalator to get to the trees. Looks like you are a great help supervising, Sharkey.

    Lots of hugs and prayers going out today from Ruby girl. Zoe, I know Precious is like a Mom to you, and your love and comfort will help her at this difficult time. We are all saying prayers for her and your family.

    Maddox, don't start roofing with Karen's shingles. Just have all the gang sing to her to plan a cheer up party since she can't go to Westminster. She and Wu-Tang should have a popcorn party together. I know Wu-Tang would have knocked their socks off. All Karen's dogs are like you Maddox and your son G.K., all champions. Feel better Karen.

    Now for all my snowdog buddies who got to play in snow tunnels---yahoo!!! I do want everyone to be safe, but since I just got another dusting I can dream I am playing with you. Be safe and warm and have GEM of a day.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Good morning Miss S.,
    Wow! Your tree climbing skills are amazing! The Professor has a great idea about the ladders. I'd like a little ladder so I can get on the couch by myself. Papa got the fireplace going on Saturday and the family room smelled like bacon! Mimi says we must have some hickory in the wood. There must be pieces of hickory in the wood pile. I bet apple would be nice, too.
    We have some birthdays coming up this week and I just realized did we miss Kirby Bears b-day on Ground Hog day?
    I'll cross my paws and send a prayer for Precious today.
    Maddox, tell Karen we are so sorry she has the shingles. Give her a tiny, little, gentle kiss from me, too.
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Sweet Sharkey, you sure did have fun checking out the apple tree pruning being done by Danny Broglino and Chhewang there at the farm! I learned a lot from watching the apple tree pruning and Mom learned a lot from Martha today about more pruning apple and pear trees at the farm! Mom's going to prune our 50+ year old pear tree soon and I get to help her! Love your information and photos today-you did great! Say Hi to Francesca and GK for me! Maddox, so sorry to hear that Karen has shingles and can't go to Westminster Dog Show. My Mom's mother had it, also. Hope she gets better ASAP! Gail, 2 feet of snow is too much for you-sure hope it gets warmer! Zoe, so sorry to hear that Precious is so sick and my prayers are always with her to get better ASAP. Cora-Belle, sure hope we hear from you real soon and that you are feeling better, too! Will check back to read all of the other comments later! Sure hope all of you are doing well and staying safe! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I see that parts of the northeast really did get some snow. I don’t think that is fair at all. I wanted some of it and didn’t get any at all. Well, I guess it was time for them to have all the snow. Now it’s time to dig themselves out. Some of those people need all the help they can get. Don’t forget them!!! I wish there was something Mommy could do to keep the squirrels away from our apple tree. When the apples are about the size of a quarter, the take a bite of everyone of them. Kills the apple and Mommy gets no apples. I need to learn to climb trees like Sharkey. Then I could catch those squirrels.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Sharkey, Zoe, Maddox, Ruby, Dudley, missy Chow and all my glue squad buddies,
    It was fun watching Sharkey climb the tree and help out with the fruit tree pruning. We have lots of tiny ancient apples each year on old apple trees in our field. they fall down and feed many deer and animals that rely on them. Right now they look very pretty with snow covered branches. We had 20" of snow.
    Zoe, we pray that Precious is feeling better soon. Karen, hope you also feel better soon and know we are so proud of you,Maddox and Wu-Tang.
    Sharkey you look stunning in that jacket! Rebel, we got hungry thinking about hickory smoked bacon, mmmm.
    Dudley, be careful around those tree branches. Missy Chow, hope you are keeping warm up near Boston. Well, mom helped shovel out the driveway twice so is sore today. Now we have freezing rain, ook. Kirby, you would be great climbing trees. Maybe with a harness? Hugs for Francesca too.
    Ruby, we have had enough of this snow. Stay safe y'all- Jimmy Dean

  • Interesting, pruning this time of year?! guess you always learn something new here!
    Oh Karen my dear, Shingles? that is so painful, my sister gets it when stressed...I hope you'll get over it quickly ...stay calm ;-)

    Sharkey good luck in finding Squirrels, here they are all hiding from the freezing rain and high, high winds.

    I feel bad that my daughter has to fly to NY every Tuesday...rough flights.

    Have a nice and safe Monday everyone!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hi again,
    Kirby, did we miss your birthday? If so, shame on us. If it was your birthday I want to wish you a belated happy birthday and if it wasn't your birthday then I look like a big old dork, don't I? Hehehehehehe
    Zoe, I know you mentioned something last week about Precious and her kidneys. I feel so bad for her. We had a chow that went into kidney failure from The medication they put her on for another issue. She was at the vet hospital for 15 days and when she came home Karen had to give her IV fluids twice a day for two more weeks but she pulled through and she is fine now. Go ahead, make her a TP card. She will know it came from you and it is special. Please tell her I hope she gets better real soon.
    Ok, I also want to send positive thoughts to Cora-Belle. She needs some TLC too.
    Love ya,
    Maddox

  • ..what a great pruner helper you are..first off..I am feeling sort of like my old self..but I can see that i will have to get in my naughty mode real quick to help Karen get over the shingles..big sloppy kiss to you Karen..and Precious take care buddy..well, I must go get some rest..all my buddies please stay well..this old cattle dog worries about each everyone of you..love, Cora-Belle

  • Hi Sharkey & Glue Squad Buddies - sure hope with all the pruning of the apple trees, there will be plenty of apples in the new growth for pies, apple squares, applesauce, apple cake,..It's making me hungry. Sharkey, good time supervising and you can climb a ladder, wow.. Hi to Frannie & GK..First, Cora Belle, glad you are feeling better, please get plenty of rest; Maddox, take care of Karen, so sorry she won't be Westminister with with Wu-Tang, maybe next year. Mom's aunt used to get shingles on her legs and she was very uncomfortable until they subsided; Zoe, I hope Precious feels better soon, our prayers are with her, I'm sure she could use a lot of c/c time. She'll like your TP card. Jake, hope you feeling better; Kirby, we got lots of snow from this blizzard and I had a chance to play in yesterday, Dad even cleared a maze for me to check out the backyard. Dudley Do Right, make sure you wear safety glasses when Mom prunes her tree; Rebel, bet laying in front of the fireplace felt good. Ruby, sorry, wish I could send you some snow to play in, Hi to Abby & James Dean, Kitty, Molly, Martha, Lucy, Riley, Baby Favor, hope I didn't miss anyone.

    From the blizzard we received about 2 ft of snow and no power outage for us this time, yippee!!! Some other areas weren't so lucky and some are still out. Luckily the snow blower worked and certainly came in handy, it's raining this afternoon, maybe some of it will melt.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Sorry so late in the day. I was out gathering some extra glue for all of our buddies who aren't feeling very well these days. Zoe, please give Precious and extra hug and snuggle. I'm sending prayers and good thoughts her way that her kidneys get better. Maddox, please give Karen extra snuggles so that her shingles go far far away. Cora-Belle, you take it easy and get some rest so that you can be extra naughty when you are at full speed. Francesca, how is your recuperating going these days? Feel better little one. :smile:

    Sharkey I didn't know you were so agile the way you are moving about ON the tree! Look out squirrels, Sharkey is tree-mobile! :lol:

  • Sharkey, that was a great lesson on tree-pruning. And by the way, I love the jacket you are wearing!! You look really handsome. Please say hello and get well soon to Francesca.

    Angela

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