Dormant pruning and spraying the orchard: Tips from UIllinois Extension

University of Illinois Extension is offering suggestions to home orchardists who “should be planning their winter pruning while their apple trees remain dormant before the sap starts to flow for 2014.” Pruning water sprouts and other branches will enable trees to be more productive. “The goal of pruning is to balance vegetative growth with reproductive growth.” Another key behavior is spraying dormant oils to manage insect eggs. Applying these oils before spring begins allows for the most efficacy.

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