One of our big winter tasks here at the orchard is winter pruning. Scott Miller, our Orchardist, is a pruning artist, knowing just how to open up the tree limbs so they are most productive and the trees are strongest.
More branches = more apples, right? Not necessarily so. Trees congested with branches are less productive overall, and the apples are often deprived of adequate sunlight. Winter pruning opens up the trees, allowing more sun to reach the apples and the trees to be more productive.
Winter pruning also shapes the tree, making the tree stronger and better able to bear up under a heavy fruit crop.
Air circulates more freely in a more open tree canopy, reducing certain kinds of diseases.
Great fruit in the autumn means good winter pruning.