September 22, 2019
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Apple tree pruning workshops scheduled

Community Author: Jennifer Brockway
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SKOWHEGAN – Late winter is the time for pruning apple trees, and Somerset County Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased to announce a skill-building workshop at the Somerset County Cooperative Extension Office, 7 County Drive in Skowhegan.

The introductory workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, with a repeat of that session on Saturday, March 9.  Apple tree enthusiast Joe Dembeck will discuss methods and tools used to prune apple trees in order to increase their viability and production.  After a brief overview indoors, participants will head outdoors to learn and test their skills pruning apple trees next door at the Yankee Woodlot Demonstration Forest.

Participants should dress warmly for the outdoors and are welcome to bring their own pruning equipment if they like. There will be pruning poles/saws, hand saws, loppers, etc. to try.

The workshop is free but advanced registration is required.  Space is limited to 20 participants per session. To register or FMI, e-mail or 207-679-7306.

The workshop is co-sponsored by Somerset County SWCD, Maine Woodland Owners – Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter, Somerset County Cooperative Extension and Maine Forest Service.