Friendly Fruit Tree Project volunteers got out in the wet and pruned 7 lucky fruit trees this 2016 winter season. The pruning focused on opening up space in the neglected trees. As author Michael Phillips writes (jokingly), “You done a good job at pruning if afterward you can take the family cow and fling her between the branches”. This space will discourage moisture issues by providing better air circulation, it will allow more light to reach fruit on the remaining easier-to-reach branches, and it will help the tree to heal where dead wood was removed. We gained confidence with practice, starting “a conversation”, and by “being the bud”. It will be exciting to watch how the trees respond!
Before & after: