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Fruit Tree Care and Summer Pruning Class in the Edible Landscape

July 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

donations accepted

Tony Wolcott, the retiring City of Albany Arborist and active supporter of the Edible Landscape Project, will pass on to us a small portion of his wisdom about fruit trees.  P1050779We’ll learn about tree pruning and other care and we’ll get the trees in the ELP pruned for the summer.

Main topics:
• What do we try to accomplish with summer vs. winter pruning of fruit trees?
• How does one plant a fruit tree; what is the soil preparation?  When/why go with bare root vs. root ball with soil?  When should one cut back a tree that is being planted?  How much?
• How do you espalier?  Why?  When?
• What about fertilizing and/or planting other plants nearby to enrich the soil for trees?
• What are pruning principles to keep fruit within reach from the ground or a short ladder?
• What are tips to keep fruit trees healthy in public places?
• How can fruit trees be supported in a drought?
• What else do we need to know to have thriving and productive fruit trees?

Trees in the ELP we’ll focus on:
–Unknown Fig variety
–2 Unknown Pear varieties
–20th Century Asian Pear
–Granny Smith Apple
–Fuji Apple
–Beni Shogun Apple
–Dwarf Gala Apple
–Unknown Apple
–Reed Avocado
–2 Pineapple guava “Nazemetz”
–Greengage Plum
–Satsuma Plum
–Santa Rosa Plum
–Patterson Apricot
–Meyer lemon
–Clementine de Nules Mandarin
–Bearrs Lime
–Trovita Orange
–Unknown Lemon
–Fuyu Persimmon
–Unknown Nectarine
–Unknown Pomegranate
–Strawberry Tree
–California Hazelnut
–2 Redbuds
–Linden tree

Pruning tools: If you have them, bring clippers, loppers, live wood saw, other pruning tools.  We may not use them all, but it will be good to see various tools and learn what they are used for.

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM :  Class

1:00 – 2:30 PM Potluck: bring some food or drink to share and celebrate all that Tony has done for us AND your own plate/bowl, utensils, napkin, cup/bottle

Meet up spot:  The ELP Eastside garden Carmel Avenue midway between Portland and Thousand Oaks also between the picnic  and dog park areas, and near the Snack Shack and softball field.

We are pleased to announce that this class is being co-sponsored by the Albany Community Foundation, making the class free to the public.


July 12, 2015
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
donations accepted
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Alexa Hauser
510 524-6950


Event Sponsor
Albany Community Foundation & Transition Albany


Edible Landscape in Memorial Park
1325 Portland Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
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