Welcome to 2017

Happy new year. It is a new year and a new growing season. I love every part of the year when working with fruit trees, but there is something special about the dormant season. Without leaves all is visible, branches,. branch angles, fruiting spurs and fruit buds. We had a very wet fall and so far the winter has felt more like the interior rather than the west coast. Frozen ground, 12 inches of snow….. I am concerned that the wet weather during the fall will result in a significant increase in Apple Anthracnose and European Canker on apples a range of other diseases on other plants. This is likely the year that anyone who did not apply protective fungicides to their apple trees in the fall will be doing a lot of cutting during the growing season to catch up.

Richard Hallman Dormant Pruning in the Similkameen Valley 1978
Richard Hallman Dormant Pruning in the Similkameen Valley 1978

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