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Upcoming Fruit Tree Class on 4/12

April 4, 2011
Spring is around the corner and it’s the perfect time to start planning your lawn and garden.  If you have aspirations of improving the quality of existing trees, or to start growing high quality, tree fruit (apples, pears, apricots) in your urban or suburban yard, please consider attending the Fruits of the City / Bachman’s – “Growing Fruit in the City” class on April 12 from 6:00-7:30 PM.  The class will be taught by Jeffery Johnson, Horticulturist/Landscape Gardner with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, University of Minnesota. 

Early April is an excellent time to prune and train your fruit trees, plan for planting and strategies on managing insects and diseases.   This 90 minute class will focus on basic pruning and training goals, strategies, proper pruning cuts, and methods of training your fruit trees for easy maintenance and harvesting of high quality fruit.  We will also touch on other tree fruit topics; site selection, root stock / cultivar selection, proper soil preparation and planting, and disease and insect management.

To register go to http://growingfruit412.eventbrite.com or call The Minnesota Project at 651-789-3321.  There is no fee for this class; however, a suggested donation of $20 is appreciated.

We hope to see you in April. Here are a few tidbits on fruit tree care that Jeffrey Johnson will be covering in the class:

*Keep your vigor and fruit load balanced.
*Control biennial bearing (alternating heavy then light years) just after bloom.
*Keep productive wood low (below head high) in the tree.
*Fill the volume of the tree with fruiting wood.
*Control insects and diseases early in the season.
*Some alternatives to insecticides / fungicides.
*Do not treat turfgrass around fruit trees with broadleaf herbicides containing dicamba.

Watch here for future blog entries and other Fruits Of  The City class offerings about tree fruit growing tips and topics such as growing strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and grapes.

Jeffrey L. Johnson is a Horticulturist / Landscape Gardener with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, University of Minnesota. He is a woody plants specialist maintaining the trees and shrubs collections throughout the public cultivated areas in the Arboretum’s 1125 acres.

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