Mike Hebb describes the basics of pruning apple trees for esthetics, health, longevity, better fruit, ease of harvesting and management, including correct pruning cuts and tools. Hebb’s hands-on grafting workshop shows how grafting can be used to control many of the characteristics of growing trees, including size, timing of maturity and fruiting, disease resistance, drought resistance, and fruit varieties. He’ll cover cultivars, asexual propagation, whip grafts, nurse grafts, bark grafts, cleft grafts, bridge grafts, top working, inarching, brace graft, graft compatibility, budding and information on pest control and root stock selection. Participants will practice the mechanics of grafting in the workshop and discuss after-care. A materials list will be sent to each registrant. (Whitman Brook Orchard Guided Walks on April 18 recommended as field experience to complement this workshop.)
Note: The same workshop is offered on two different days.