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Workshop will teach summer pruning of fruit trees

Consistent pruning will make your fruit trees healthier and easier to manage.
Consistent pruning will make your fruit trees healthier and easier to manage.

You may be aware that your deciduous fruit trees need to be pruned, but you may not know that twice-a-year pruning is as important to your tree as personal grooming is to you.

At its best, pruning is a three-dimensional art form. At its worst, it may bring up buried memories of that bad haircut you received from Aunt June when you were a child. Pruning, though often overlooked, is an important element of tree care. A properly pruned tree is healthier and easier to manage. Fruit is more accessible and the harvest more bountiful.

This week’s Advice to Grow by Workshop focuses on one of those gardening blind spots: summer pruning of deciduous fruit trees. This will be a great workshop to attend if would like to learn why pruning is necessary and how to go about pruning your trees gone wild. The initial 45 minutes will be an interactive lecture with a question-and-answer period. The second hour will be an actual pruning demonstration that will occur in the garden orchard onsite. Audience members will divide into groups in order to watch each tree being pruned. At the close of this workshop you will know how to prune, what type of tools you may need and how to handle problems as they occur.

The workshop will be held Saturday at The Garden of the Seven Sisters located at 2156 Sierra Way. Dress comfortably, bring sunscreen and water, and please park in the lot adjacent to the demonstration garden. Most of all, enjoy!

Reminder: The Drought Tolerant Plant Sale is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. following our Advice to Grow By Workshop. Join us at the Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. We will feature numerous drought tolerant plants, California natives, succulents, and Mediterranean climate plants. Master Gardeners will be available to answer plant questions.


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  .