February 11th, 2013
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.
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.
2 I'll just climb this ladder up into the tree and say, "hello."
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?
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.
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.
6 Hi, Chhewang. You seem to be doing a fine job pruning the espalier of apple trees, following Danny's tutelage.
7 That's right! Remove all of that new growth because it only produces flowers.
8 You're cutting fairly flush, leaving only small stubs. Nicely done!
9 Chhewang, I must say that you are a very neat pruner. There are very few trimmings on the ground.
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.
11 Carry on, Chhewang. I'm off in search of squirrels.
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