A few helpful snips for your summer bounty

UC Master GardenerJune 19, 2013 

Summer pruning tips will help you get the most out of your fruit trees

JACK KELLY CLARK — Jack Kelly Clark

As the warm weather of summer approaches, our fruit trees become heavy with the season’s bounty. Gardeners all over San Luis Obispo County view the upcoming harvest with excitement, pride and maybe a little anxiety.

We live in a climate that is optimal for maximum fruit production of certain varieties, yet controlling the amount of fruit your trees produce can at times be overwhelming.

Branches overladen with fruit can break; keeping up with the harvest can be difficult, resulting in wasted, rotten fruit on the ground. Finding ways to consume mass quantities of fruit can be a challenge.

Fortunately, the practice of summer pruning can help overcome some of these issues making way for the simple enjoyment of home grown fruit.

Tom Spellman, a professional orchardist with Dave Wilson Nurseries, will be the featured guest speaker at the free Advice to Grow By workshop in the Garden of the Seven Sisters on Saturday.

Summer pruning is one of Spellman’s specialties and a topic on which he gives presentations throughout California.

Spellman will share his expertise, through both discussion and demonstration, of the whys and wherefores of summer pruning. Tom and Dave Wilson Nurseries donated all the deciduous fruit trees with which the Master Gardeners planted the orchard at the demonstration garden in 2010. It’s exciting to have Spellman return and demonstrate proper pruning techniques on those same trees!

If you have fruit trees, you’ll definitely want to join the Master Gardeners from 10 a.m. until noon at the Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Come prepared with sunscreen, water and hats, as the demonstration portion of the workshop will be held in the orchard.

GOT A GARDENING QUESTION?

Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners: at 781-5939 from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday and Thursday; at 473-7190 from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in Arroyo Grande; and at 434-4105 from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in Templeton. Visit the UCCE Master Gardeners website at http://ucanr.org/sites/mgslo or email mgsanluisobispo@ucdavis.edu.

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