WVSU fruit tree pruning workshop set for Milton

Contact: Brad Cochran
(304) 541-3301

Nov. 15, 2012


WVSU fruit tree pruning workshop set for Milton

INSTITUTE, W.Va.– Learn the proper technique for pruning fruit trees at a workshop hosted by West Virginia State University Extension Service Thursday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park in Milton.

“Now is the time to start pruning, when trees aren’t actively growing,” said Scott Byars, program leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Pruning during the dormant colder months, generally November through February, allows for proper tree care and makes way for new growth in the spring.”

Proper pruning can increase fruit size, as well as discourage disease by increasing air movement through the tree, Byars said.

The workshop costs $10 and will take place outdoors, offering hands-on pruning opportunities. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately. Registration is requested by calling Brad Cochran, extension associate, at (304) 541-3301 or e-mailing bcochran2@wvstateu.edu. Registered attendees will be contacted if weather impacts scheduling.             

The West Virginia Pumpkin Park is located at One Pumpkin Way in Milton.

West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, WV. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.



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