On Tuesday, April 1st Community Garden Connections hosted a pruning workshop at the Westmoreland Garden in conjunction with the UNH Cooperative Extension. The Westmoreland Garden has a bunch of overgrown apple, pear, and plum trees so we were happy to learn some pruning tips! George Hamilton of the Cooperative Extension led the workshop and around 35 people attended. George was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining as well. He showed us the tools of the trade and then pruned one of the Westmoreland apple trees as a demonstration.
The biggest take away from the workshop was probably the importance of pruning to get light into the center of the tree. Fruit trees that go unpruned become too tall and have too many branches to produce a good crop of ripe fruit. George told us multiple times that “The worst cut for the tree is the one you didn’t make.” That said, you will probably want some expert advice before you go hacking branches off the apple tree in the front yard. Here is a quick resource on pruning shrubs to get you started: