Apple Tree Pruning Demonstration

Posted April 16, 2012, at 2:48 p.m.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 15 Hudson Road - Gate 1 , Alton, Maine

For more information: Gudrun Keszöcze; 2079449259;

Renae Moran, University of Maine Tree Fruit Specialist and Glen Koehler of the UMaine Extension Pest Management Office lead this hands-on workshop at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. They will demonstrate the renovation of old apple trees to improve their appearance and ability to bear fruit. Apple trees that have not been pruned in the recent past generally have a crowded canopy of branches that bear fruit sparsely. As part of this class, we will demonstrate the type of pruning that promotes a flowering and fruiting habit and the steps involved in beginning the renovation process. The class will be led by Renae Moran, University of Maine Tree Fruit Specialist. Glen Koehler of the UMaine Extension Pest Management Office will also be on board to discuss preventing pest damage to apple trees and fruit. Please bring saws and pole pruners, if you have them, to this hands-on workshop.

Directions to Hirundo Wildlife Refuge


Take the I-95 N. Take the ME-43 exit 197 to Old Town/Hudson. Go 0.3 mi to the end of the off ramp. At the stop sign, turn left onto Rt. 43 (Hudson Rd). Go west 5.2 mi and look for the large red signs on your right (north side of Rt. 43).

Enter at Gate 1, follow gravel road 0.5 mile to the Pine Tree Parking area. Meet at the Parker Reed Shelter, which is 100 meters further up the road, along the shore of Lac D’Or pond.

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The crabapple is the only apple native to North America.