Fruit Tree Pruning Recommendation

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  • #59946

    Beth
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    I am days away from my due date, so there is no way I’m getting up in a ladder to prune our backyard fruit trees this year. My googling brings up lots of fruit tree pruning classes in the area, but not much on which tree service companies are skilled at pruning fruit trees. Anyone have good people to recommend?

    #59948

    boatgeek
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    Many tree service companies aren’t very good at pruning. Seattle Tilth can give you some recommendations for arborists who know their stuff around fruit trees. (Seattletilth.org)

    #60007

    Christina
    Participant

    I highly recommend Kathy Holzer’s firm (http://outonalimbseattle.com/). She and her team pruned our enormous, beautiful old cherry and pear trees a couple of years ago and did a fantastic job. We had obtained quotes from a variety of ISA-certified arborists and her rates were comparable. After interviewing them all we decided felt most confident in Kathy’s experience, and we were very happy with every aspect of our interaction with her – from the initial callback, visit for the bid, pruning, cleanup, and final invoice. We’ll never use anyone else.

    #60072

    Mrs. Whatsit
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    Cass Turnbull is the queen.
    http://www.plantamnesty.org/about/about.aspx

    #60173

    gracie
    Participant

    Regarding pruning, I’m never quite sure when is the best time for:
    1. fruit tree
    2. LARGE Rhodies
    3. Lilacs
    4. Miscellaneious flowering shrubs.

    #60259

    SunsetHillGuy
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    my mother has been using Steve Lambert’s company for years:

    lamberttreecare.com

    #60911

    SmartsyArtsy
    Participant

    I just saw this and thought someone might be interested

    Prune-A-Thon
    & Plan-A-Thon!
    Presented at Sky Nursery by Plant Amnesty
    Saturday, March 8th
    9 am – 4 pm

    Join us for a full day of free
    pruning demonstrations, slideshows, seminars, and fun!

    #60912

    boatgeek
    Participant

    Gracie, Ciscoe Morris says that the best time to prune is when you have your pruners with you. In other words, better to prune at kind of the right time than not at all.

    The PlantAmnesty event will have better info, but in general, you can go by the following:

    Fruit trees: while the tree is dormant in the winter (November-ish until buds start swelling in the spring). Very vigorous trees (like Asian plums) can take another pruning in the summer after the fruit harvest.

    Lilacs: I’d go right after flowering to minimize the number of flowers you lose. It’s hard to hurt lilacs, so don’t worry too much about timing.

    Rhodies and other flowering shrubs: Defer to a Sunset book or another expert.

    #61259

    Curtis
    Participant

    Sky Nursery will be offering pruning demonstrations from 9-4 on Saturday, and it looks like they’re free!
    Also looks like they will do 15 minute design consults too. Bring your pictures.
    Check out their website.

    #61320

    boatgeek
    Participant

    Also, you can get pruning advice any time of year from the Miller Library Plant Answer Line (http://depts.washington.edu/hortlib/collections/pal.shtml), plus answers to any other garden questions you might have.

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