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Pruning Fruit Trees and Berries Workshop
February 15 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Free
February is the perfect month for pruning fruit trees and berry canes in Central Texas because the buds have not yet opened and the trees are still dormant. Since pruning removes the least quality branches, it focuses the tree’s energy in spurring growth in the branches that you have selected to keep.
You are invited to join Travis County Master Gardeners Reed Burnam, Joe Posern, and Sheryl Williams at a hands-on workshop on how to prune peaches, plums, pomegranates, figs, persimmons, loquats, and blackberries.
The workshop will occur rain or shine and you will be expected to prune trees. This requires reaching over your head and operating hand pruners and loppers. Please allow time to stack brush at the conclusion of the workshop. The garden has rough ground and may not be suited for those folks with mobility issues. You will need to bring your own tools and dress appropriately:
- Long sleeved shirt
- Coat/rain gear if needed
- Rubber boots or closed toe shoes
- Sunscreen if needed
- Hand pruners, loppers, and pruning saws that have been cleaned and disinfected with 70% isopropyl alcohol and are labeled with your name. Bring them all if you have them.
The Austin Parks Foundation requires each participant to sign their liability waiver form. You can download the form here. Please bring a signed copy with you.
The Gus Garcia Community Garden features vegetable beds and fruit. It is a great example of what can be grown in your backyard or neighborhood. The trees and berries planted in the garden were selected from recommended varieties for Travis County.
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