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Adam Keener climbs into a mature apple tree to demonstrate pruning techniques to retrain older trees that have grown out of control.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2013-04-17 13:43:32
Last modified: 2013-04-17 13:43:31

Pruning workshop draws crowd

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Avery County Cooperative Extension welcomed a crowd of more than 50 to Doug Hundley’s apple orchard in Jonas Ridge for its annual pruning workshop on Tuesday, April 9.
The workshop was organized into two alternating sessions, with half of the group working with Hundley and J.D. Obermiller, an apple expert who manages a research orchard at Mills River Research Station, on the proper training and pruning of young trees through each of the first several years of growth.The second half of the group worked with ACCE Extension Agent Adam Keener and Mitchell County Horticulture Extension Agent Jeremy Delisle to learn about the process of repairing the effects of neglect or poor pruning in older trees.

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