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Apple pruning workshops across Minnesota this winter

University of Minnesota Extension is offering a series of apple tree pruning workshops across the state. These free workshops will take place throughout the winter months, the time of year when apple trees are dormant and pruning is recommended.

Whether you have two trees or 200, you can get guidance on proper pruning methods and hands-on practice pruning trees at apple orchards.

Pruning apple trees properly is important to optimize fruit growth and make harvesting easier. Homeowners, gardeners, Master Gardener volunteers, and orchardists of all experience levels throughout Minnesota may find these workshops useful. Participants will be outdoors using pruning shears and loppers, so attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and activities involved.

Extension educators will lead participants through the considerations and techniques for proper pruning. All workshops will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Workshops will be held at:

  • January 23Pine Tree Apple Orchard, 1201 St Paul St NW, Preston, MN 55965
  • January 26Montgomery Orchard, 15953 MN-99, Montgomery, MN 56069
  • February 8Milk and Honey Ciders, 11738 Co Rd 51, St Joseph, MN 56374 
  • February 27: LuceLine Orchard, 2755 Rose Ave, Watertown, MN 55388
  • February 28Deer Lake Orchard, 1903 10th St. SW, Buffalo, MN 55313
  • March 13Cider Flats Orchard, 35565 Two Rivers Rd, Hinckley, MN 55037
  • March 14: Lake Superior College Learning Garden, 2101 Trinity Rd, Duluth, MN 55806

More workshops may be added soon.

Please register to join us for one of these workshops. Pre-registration is required and each workshop will be capped at 25 participants. If there is inclement weather, cancellation or confirmation of each workshop will be communicated to registered participants on the morning of their selected workshop.

If you have questions about the workshops or need help with registration, please call your local Extension office.

 Adapted from the Yard and Garden News, Claire LaCanne, Dec. 20, 2022.


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