Learn to prune fruit trees
When pruning apples and pears, watch for blackened branches and leaves and fruits that are still attached to the tree. This often indicates fireblight, a bacterial disease that is often fatal to some pear varieties. Prune the blackened areas out at least 12 inches beyond where the symptoms are showing. Disinfect the pruners between cuts when pruning infected trees.
All Utah State University Extension Services Offices throughout the state have copies of "Pruning the Home Orchard" available for a small charge. The book is also online at www.ext.usu.edu/publica/gardpubs/hg363.pdf. (Please note: this is a very large file and may take some time to access.)
Many USU Extension offices will also sponsor pruning demonstrations this month. The offices are usually located in the County Courthouse or another county building. Contact local county offices for more information.
Among the upcoming USU Extension Services pruning demonstrations:
Saturday, March 10: 9 a.m. — apples; 10:30 a.m. — peaches. Location: 561 E. 550 S., Centerville. Taught by Thor Lindstrom, USU research horticulturist.
Saturday, March 17: 9 a.m. — raspberries and grapes. Location, 57 E. 100 South, Kaysville. Taught by Shawn Olsen, USU Extension agent.
Call 451-3204 for information.